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Common Computer Acronyms and Their Meanings

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Common Computer Acronyms List

The computer world has got many acronyms in use. Sometimes it can be frustrating to newbies when they encounter these acronyms.

By the end of the day, if you are in the computer field, you will have heard some computer acronyms and even jargon.

Listed here are some of the most common computer acronyms and their meanings.

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List of Computing and IT Abbreviations

A table showing some of the most common computer acronyms and their meanings

ACRONYMMEANING

A/D

Analog-to-Digital

ABC

Atanasoff Berry Computer

ACM

Association for Computing Machinery

AI

Artificial Intelligence

ALGOL

Algorithic Language

AGP

Accelerated Graphics Port

ALU

Arithmetic Logic Unit

AMD

Advanced Micro Devices

ARPANET

Advanced Research Project Agency Network

ASCII

American Standard Code for Information Interchange

AT

Advanced Technology

ATA

Advanced Technology Attachment

ATAPI

Advanced Technology Attachment Packet Interface

BASIC

Beginners All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code

BCD

Binary Coded Decimal

BEDO

Burst Extended Data Out

BIOS

Basic Input Output System

BCC

Blind Carbon Copy

BSoD

Blue Screen of Death

Byte

By eight (group of 8 bits)

CD

Compact Disk

CD-R

Compact Disk Recordable

CDROM

Compact Disc Read Only Memory

CISC

Complex Instruction Set Computer

CMOS RAM

Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor Random Access Memory

CPU

Central Processing Unit

CRT

Cathode Ray Tube

CU

Control Unit

DDR SDRAM

Double Data Rate Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory

DIB

Dual Indipendent Bus Architecture

DIMM

Dual Inline Memory Module

DIN

Deutsches Institut für Normung

DIP

Dual Inline Package

DRAM

Dynamic Random Access Memory

DVD

Digital Versatile Disk

DVD R

Digital Versatile Disk Recordable

EDO

Extended Data Out

EIDE

Enhanced Integrated Drive Electronics

EISA

Extended Industry Standard Architecture

FAT

File Allocation Table

FCPGA

Flip Chip Pin Grid Array

FDD

Floppy Disk Drive

FPM

Fast Page Mode

Gb

Gigabit

GB

Gigabyte

GIF

Graphics Interchange Format

GIMP

GNU Image Manipulation Program

GRUB

Grand Unified Boot-Loader

GSM

Global System for Mobile Communications

GUI

Graphical User Interface

HD

High Density

HDD

Hard Disk Drive

HD DVD

High Definition DVD

HDMI

High-Definition Multimedia Interface

HF

High Frequency

HFS

Hierarchical File System

HP

Hewlett-Packard

HPFS

High Performance File System

HT

Hyper Threading

HTML

Hypertext Markup Language

HTTP

Hypertext Transfer Protocol

IBM

International Business Machines

IC

Integrated Circuit

I/O

Input/Output

ICT

Information and Communication Technology

IDE

Integrated Drive Electronics

IEEE

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

ISA

Industry Standard Architecture

J2EE

Java 2 Enterprise Edition

JFET

Junction Field-Effect Transistor

JPEG

Joint Photographic Experts Group

JVM

Java Virtual Machine

KB

Keyboard

Kb

Kilobit

Kbps

Kilobit Per Second

KB

Kilobyte

kHz

Kilohertz

LAN

Local Area Network

LBA

Logical Block Addressing

LCD

Liquid Crystal Display

LED

Light-Emitting Diode

LIF

Low Insertion Force

LPT

Line Print Terminal

LSI

Large-Scale Integration

LGA

Land Grid Array

MAC

Media Access Control

MAN

Metropolitan Area Network

MCA

Micro Channel Architecture

MIDI

Musical Instrument Digital Interface

MMX

Multimedia Extensions

NAT

Network Address Translation

NCP

NetWare Core Protocol

NetBIOS

Network Basic Input/Output System

NIC

Network Interface Controller or Network Interface Card

NOS

Network Operating System

NTFS

New Technology File System

ODBC

Open Database Connectivity

OEM

Original Equipment Manufacturer

OLE

Object Linking and Embedding

PC

Personal Computer

PCI

Peripheral Component Interconnect

PCMCIA

Personal Computer Memory Card International Association

PGA

Pin Grid Array

PS/2

Personal Systems 2

QDR

Quad Data Rate

QA

Quality Assurance

QFP

Quad Flat Package

QoS

Quality of Service

RAM

Random Access Memory

RDRAM

Rambus Dynamic Random Access Memory

RISC

Reduced Instruction Set Computer

ROM

Read Only Memory

SCSI

Small Computer System Interface

SDRAM

Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory

SECC

Single Edge Contact Cartridge

SEO

Search Engine Optimization

SEPP

Single Edge Processor Package

SIMD

Single Instruction Multiple Data

SIMM

Single Inline Memory Module

SPGA

Staggered Pin Grid Array

SRAM

Static Random Access Memory

TB

TeraByte

Tcl

Tool Command Language

TCP

Transmission Control Protocol

TCP/IP

Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol

TCU

Telecommunication Control Unit

TDMA

Time-Division Multiple Access

TFT

Thin-Film Transistor

TFTP

Trivial File Transfer Protocol

TI

Texas Instruments

TIFF

Tagged Image File Format

UART

Universal Asynchronous Receiver/Transmitter

UDMA

Ultra DMA

UDP

User Datagram Protocol

UEFI

Unified Extensible Firmware Interface

UHF

Ultra High Frequency

UI

User Interface

USB

Universal Serial Bus

VB

Visual Basic

VDU

Visual Display Unit

VESA

Video Electronics Standards Association

VGA

Video Graphics Adapter

WAN

Wide Area Network

WAP

Wireless Access Point

WAP

Wireless Application Protocol

Wi-Fi

Wireless Fidelity

WiMAX

Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access

XML

eXtensible Markup Language

XMS

Extended Memory Specification

XNS

Xerox Network Systems

XVGA

Extended Video Graphics Adapter

Y2K

Year Two Thousand

YaST

Yet another Setup Tool

ZIF

Zero Insertion Force

ZIFS

Zero Insertion Force Socket

Conclusion About Acronyms

Of course, there are hundreds of other computer acronyms I have left out. You are free to list them down in the comment area below and I might decide to add them here so that we can help others.

If there are some you would like to know their meaning, you can list them too and I will be glad to help you out. Thanks for reading.

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© 2012 Patrick Kamau

Comments

BukOlu on March 07, 2019:

Interesting, the acronyms are useful.

Patrick Kamau (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on August 12, 2014:

Thank you @ pinky for the visit and comment.

pinky on August 06, 2014:

ghz, post

Patrick Kamau (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on July 12, 2013:

thanks denver for reading and commenting. I am glad you liked it.

denver on July 10, 2013:

nice

Patrick Kamau (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on June 25, 2013:

Hi jezelle, you almost caught me napping. If you are asking if the word mouse is an an acronym, then i will say no. It is just a descriptive term for the input device that controls the coordinates of the cursor on the computer screen. Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment.

jezelle on June 25, 2013:

by the way what is the meaning of MOUSE..??

Patrick Kamau (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on February 25, 2013:

njeri, thanks

njeri on February 25, 2013:

very useful

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