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front-end processor

[¦frənt ¦end ‚präs‚es·ər]
(computer science)
A computer which connects to the main computer at one end and communications channels at the other, and which directs the transmitting and receiving of messages, detects and corrects transmission errors, assembles and disassembles messages, and performs other processing functions so that the main computer receives pure information.

front-end processor

(FEP) 1. A small computer necessary to enable an IBM mainframe using SNA to communicate beyond the limits of the dinosaur pen.

2. A small computer controlling the screen and keyboard of a Symbolics 3600 LISP Machine.
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Oak's OTI-907X front-end processors also simplify drive design and contribute to a lower CDRW system cost by eliminating a significant number of external components--compared to conventional analog front-end solutions, which use more than 100 components.
In this case, the old front-end processor in Lexington was removed and all alarm contacts were connected to a central alarm panel in the facility.
It's important to protect not only the LAN but access to the front-end processor through the LAN with some kind of security device.
DCA's initial implementation, known as Telcon, made use of network software and the Distributed Communications Processor (DCP), which serves as a front-end processor, remote concentrator or network node processor for the firm's host computers.
Magnum Semiconductor (Milpitas, CA), a leading innovator in consumer audio/video technology, today announced the new MS3900 Front-End Processor for DVD recorders and players.
Over a multi-drop leased-line network, the communications computer transmits data to an IBM host through a front-end processor.
The 3705 front-end processor or communications controller attaches to the mainframe via the local channel.
Prior to LSI Logic, Nadershahi helped build the technical infrastructure of Oak Technology, where he served as its vice president of research and development and created a strong engineering team and vast roadmap of DVD front-end processor ships, which resulted in unprecedented growth for the company.
In addition to PROFILE/Xpress, the sale included PROFILE/Anyware, the enterprise banking and financial services application for deposit and loan processing; PROFILE/WebConsumer, the Web-based, Internet front-end processor for retail and commercial banking applications; PROFILE for Windows, the native Windows-based client application for customer service and teller functions; PROFILE/Securities, a brokerage and mutual fund system; and PROFILE/WebCSR, a thin-client, customer contact and relationship management application.
That is, the interconnect, operating system, front-end processors and software are mainly Chinese.
That is, the interconnect, operating system, front-end processors and software are mainly Chinese," said Dongarra, who toured the Tianhe-2 development facility in May.
The merger will add new technologies to Broadcom's portfolio, including knowledge-based processors, multi-core embedded processors and digital front-end processors, the buyer said.