Industry Standard Architecture

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Industry Standard Architecture

(architecture, standard)
(ISA) A bus standard for IBM compatibles that extends the XT bus architecture to 16 bits. It also allows for bus mastering although only the first 16 MB of main memory is available for direct access. In reference to the XT bus architecture it is sometimes referred to as "AT bus architecture".

Compare EISA, MCA.
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Regardless of which BIOS you're currently using, this ISA card from American Megatrends provides a sweet solution to the quandary.
The board allows a designer to plug an ISA card into the pre-wired ISA slot provided on the RDK board, then interface directly to the on-board PCI 9052 for both hardware design and software development.
An optional MiniModule(TM) ISA card provides a PCI-to-ISA bridge for compatibility with hundreds of commercial PC/104 (ISA bus) I/O cards.
The optional MiniModule(TM) ISA card provides a PCI-to-ISA bridge and compatibility with hundreds of commercial PC/104 (ISA bus) I/O cards.
Symphony-HRF products are interoperable with previously released Symphony products including the Symphony Cordless ISA Card, PCI Card, PC Card, Cordless Modem and Cordless Ethernet Bridge.
YAP ISA Hotline: Plug a regular phone into the YAP Port ISA card that installs in an open ISA slot on your computer.
Virtually any PCI or ISA card with Linux drivers can be added, providing a flexible platform for a variety of markets and applications.
The Lazarus Project allows users to save their most crucial system information, including hard-drive partitions and file allocation tables, on a flash-ROM chip built into the ISA card.
COM's 4x12 ISA card and a variety of trunk/station cards in multiple configurations for compatibility with TeleVantage.
Zoom's new Lucent chip set-based, ISA card fax modem appeared as the "Best Buy" heading the magazine's "Top 10 Modems" list in both the September and October issues.
For desktop systems, users can select between an ISA card and a new PCI card.