downward compatibility


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downward compatibility

[′dau̇n·wərd kəm‚pad·ə′bil·əd·ē]
(computer science)
The ability of an older or smaller computer to accept programs from a newer or larger one. Also known as backward compatibility.
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Over 70% of users are satisfied with the assigning of the sensor parameters through the control system, the sensor smart profile and IO-Link's downward compatibility for binary sensors.
In a more tactical development, the company has announced that they've launched a new release of its Version 5 PLM platform, V5-6R2012, which allows users to edit features of V6 models within V5, thereby allowing downward compatibility between versions, making it easier for customers to work in mixed V5/V6 environments.
Yen Hsiang-yu, MIC industry analyst, explains that the 16e WiMAX CPE has been rapidly replacing 16d counterparts due to their downward compatibility, leading to a generation-shift period.
Ensuring full downward compatibility with legacy systems while offering unprecedented capacity and swift data transfer rates certainly entitles the MO group to use "High Performance" in its committee's name.
We will continue to extend the capabilities of the ETX platform to meet our customers' needs today and into the future, providing downward compatibility to preserve customer investments in our technology.
76Mbps and GPRS/GSM downward compatibility allowing consumers to enjoy high speed internet access wherever they are without the need for a fixed line internet connect or public WiFi hotspot.
The Tahoe 640 provides a high capacity, unlimited storage solution that complies with the ISO (International Standards Organization), ANSI (American National Standards Institute) and ECMA (European Computers Manufacturers Association) industry standards for downward compatibility with previous generation formats; the Tahoe is also designed to comply with future 3.
No other company in the CAD / PLM industry offers this level of downward compatibility between versions.
Additionally, the Stealth 32 supports many existing applications with full downward compatibility to the Tseng ET-4000 controller and earlier graphics standards.
These new features expand the power and flexibility of the Micro Channel Architecture and demonstrate IBM's commitment to protecting customers' investments by providing full downward compatibility with existing RISC System/6000 Micro Channel adapters.
As system integrators start to use these new high performance devices, downward compatibility ensures investment protection of existing storage infrastructure while enabling an orderly migration to 4GFC technology.
Full downward compatibility insures current MO users that smaller capacity MO disks will have full read and write capability, so data stored on them will still be available when they upgrade to the new capacity drive.