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front end

(1)
An intermediary computer that does set-up and filtering for another (usually more powerful but less friendly) machine (a "back end").

front end

(2)
Software that provides an interface to another program "behind" it, which may not be as user-friendly. Probably from analogy with hardware front-ends that interfaced with mainframes.

front end

The head, starting point or input side in a system. For example, it may refer to the graphical interface on a user's workstation where all data are entered or to a communications system, such as a front end processor or TP monitor that accepts incoming transactions and messages. See back end.
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Increasing automobile production in emerging economies of China and India in the Asia Pacific (APAC) has largely influenced the growth of the automotive front end module market.
As noted above, soft drinks are another integral element of the front end. "In the case of beverages, shoppers are looking for or compulsively want quick and easy solutions at the end of their trip," asserts Ron Hughes, director of shopper experience innovation at The Coca-Cola Co., in Atlanta.
The NCD model breaks the front end into three parts (Figure 1); the engine, the wheel, and the rim (Koen, Ajamian, Burkart et al.
The term "fuzzy front end" describes the earliest stage of an idea development and includes all the time spent on an idea as well as activities focusing on strengthening this idea, prior to the first official discussion of the idea.
The CC2591 can act as a high-performance front end for all 2.4GHz wireless systems and can integrate seamlessly with TI's current 2.4GHz transceivers, transmitters and ASIC products.
"The unveiling of this new family of Application Front End appliances allows us to take all of the capabilities we have provided to our Global500 customers and make them available for smaller deployments, thereby expanding our market reach," said Michael Zhao, president and CEO of Array Networks.
The front end of the server market are the computers that service providers' use to interact with their clients - servers that allow users to pull up Web pages or perform e-commerce functions are considered front end.
(2) Billy Barron, University of North Texas, compiles a directory of Internet accessible resources which Peter Scott and Earl Fogel, University of Ottawa, make available via the HYTELNET hypertext front end software for DOS, Macintosh, UNIX, and Vax VMS systems (more information can be obtained by addressing an e-mail message to: <scott[at]sask.usask.ca>).
[ClickPress, Wed Aug 07 2019] Industry wide shift towards efficient, aesthetically pleasing and lightweight features continue to influence the growth of the automotive front end module market .