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(complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) microchips that require less electricity and produce less heat than previous versions of microchips
(main board or system board) the largest and most important circuit board in the computer
S/PDIF sound port
(Sony-Philips Digital Interface) connects to an external home theater audio system, providing digital output and the best signal quality
(universal serial bus) a slot that can be used by many different input/output devices
Ex: keyboards, mice, printers, scanners, etc.
a device works on a clock cycle or beat of the clock, these beats are called the clock speed
(basic input/output system) basic instructions that are stored on special ROM chips on the board
(advanced configuration and power interface) a power-saving feature using standards developed by Intel, Microsoft, and Toshiba
the parts of a the bus that we are most familiar with are the lines of the bus that are used for data
a system timer which is dedicated to timing the activities of the chips on the motherboard
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