downward compatibility

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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In order to ensure grid homogeneity, a downward compatibility of the newly-provided directional radio systems is to be ensured.
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.
DS' V5R21 delivers upward and downward compatibility between CATIA V5 and V6 data that is equivalent to the compatibility between two releases of V5.
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.
The newly defined coding scheme allows fully discrete surround sound transmissions over DAB with a minimum overhead of 16 kBit/sec, while still maintaining the downward compatibility to stereo.
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.
Media compatibility among the three companies and downward compatibility among the companies' installed base of WORM media have been achieved.