parallel interface


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parallel interface

[′par·ə‚lel ′in·tər‚fās]
(electronics)
A link between two devices in which all the information transferred between them is transmitted simultaneously over separate conductors. Also known as parallel port.

parallel interface

A multiline channel that transfers one or more bytes simultaneously. For years, desktop and laptop computers were connected to printers via a 36-wire parallel interface, transferring a byte of data over eight wires, the remaining wires used for control signals. The parallel interface gave way to a serial interface. See parallel cable, parallel port and serial interface.
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0 ports, two PS/2 ports, one intergrated SmartCard reader and two serial and one parallel interfaces are included with the standard equipment.
Computer parallel interfaces and serial interfaces such as RS232/485/422, SPI (serial peripheral interface), and Inter-Integrated Circuit (I2C) bus
Camera phone designers had previously been limited to either pin-hungry parallel interfaces, or choosing from several incompatible, lower bandwidth, often proprietary serial interfaces.
Axess and Neuro software communicate through serial ports, Ethernet connections and/or standard parallel interfaces resulting in greatly reduced, time-consuming installations and configuration.

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