input/output adapter


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input/output adapter

[′in‚pu̇t ′au̇t‚pu̇t ə‚dap·tər]
(computer science)
A circuitry which allows input/output devices to be attached directly to the central processing unit.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

I/O adapter

(Input/Output adapter) A generic term for an electronic circuit, expansion card or plug-in module that accepts input and generates output in a particular format. The "adapter" part of the term means that a conversion of the data format and electronic timing takes place between the input/output streams and the internal computer circuits.
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