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Common Computer Acronyms and Their Meanings

Updated on April 8, 2017
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Computer Acronyms and Their Meanings

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 a number of computer acronyms and even jargon. Listed here are some of the most common computer acronyms and their meanings.

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Most Commonly Used Computer Acronyms

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ACRONYM  
MEANING  
AGP
Accelerated Graphics Port
ALU
Arithmetic Logic Unit
AMD
Advanced Micro Devices
ASCII
American Standard Code for Information Interchange
AT
Advanced Technology
ATA
Advanced Technology Attachment
ATAPI
Advanced Technology Attachment Packet Interface
BEDO
Burst Extended Data Out
BIOS
Basic Input Output System
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
GUI
Graphical User Interface
HDD
Hard Disk Drive
I/O
Input/Output
IDE
Integrated Drive Electronics
ISA
Industry Standard Architecture
MCA
Micro Channel Architecture
MIDI
Musical Instrument Digital Interface
MMX
Multimedia Extensions
NTFS
New Technology File System
PC
Personal Computer
PCI
Peripheral Component Interconnect
PCMCIA
Personal Computer Memory Card International Association
PGA
Pin Grid Array
PS/2
Personal Systems 2
QFP
Quad Flat Package
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
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
VDU
Visual Display Unit
VESA
Video Electronics Standards Association
VGA
Video Graphics Adapter
A table showing some of the most common computer acronyms and their meanings

Conclusion

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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    • Patkay profile imageAUTHOR

      Patrick Kamau 

      4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Thank you @ pinky for the visit and comment.

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      pinky 

      4 years ago

      ghz, post

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      Patrick Kamau 

      5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

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

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      denver 

      5 years ago

      nice

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      Patrick Kamau 

      5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      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.

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      jezelle 

      5 years ago

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

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      Patrick Kamau 

      5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      njeri, thanks

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      njeri 

      5 years ago

      very useful

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