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Hardware Basics 622

Basic computer terminology

Cache Temporary storage area allowing quick access to information
RAM (Random Access Memory) Temporary memory available only while computer is turned on
Peripheral Devices Devices used for input, output or storage of information
Input Devices Peripheral Devices that allow for input of data into the computer (keyboard)
Storage Devices Peripheral Devices that allow storage of data for later use
Keyboard Input device similar to a typewriter that allows for the input of alphabetic or numerical information
Web Cam Tiny camera that sits on or is part of the computer used for still images or video
Resolution The clarity of an image seen on the computer screen
Printer Output device that converts processed data to a hard copy
Output Devices Peripheral Devices that produce the data after it has been processed (monitor)
Storage Devices Peripheral Devices that allow for the storage of data to be accessed later
System Software Software that tells the computer what to do (operating system)
External Hard Drive Storage device that can be used to transfer and hold large amounts of data outside of the internal memory (portable)
Processor Speed How quickly data can be moved in and out of the memory
Megahertz/Gigahertz Unit of measurement for processor speed
Created by: trackrat