Dietmar's Multimedia Acronyms


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FD - Floppy Disk

A mass storage medium based on flexible ("floppy") disks with magnetic surfaces. The oldest disks are 8 inches in diameter, mini floppy disks are 5.25 inches in diameter and the modern MFDs are 3.5 inches in diameter. The first disks were only single-sided, but all modern FDDs use two magnetic read/write heads, one for each side.

FDD - Floppy Disk Drive

This mass storage system reads/writes binary data from/to FDs.

FIFO - First In - First Out

A principle for caches (fast intermediate storages). The data that were saved first, will be put out first. A FIFO memory is very often called "heap". See also LIFO.

FLOPS - FLoating point Operations Per Second

A measure for the power of computers.

FORTRAN - FORmula TRANslator

A programming language.

FPU - Floating point Processing Unit

The IC that handles floating point calculations. Modern CPUs have a built-in FPU.

FTP - File Transfer Protocol

This Internet protocol is used to transfer files.

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