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pc

Symbol for parsec.

PC

(biochemistry)

pc

Abbr. for “piece.”

PC

1. Abbr. for portland cement.
2. Abbr. for “power circuit.”
3. On drawings, abbr. for “piece.”
4. On drawings, abbr. for “pull chain.”
5. Abbr. for “Producers Council.”

PC

(computer)

PC

(computer)

PC

(hardware)

PC

(hardware)

PC

(language)

PC

(1) See printed circuit board and phase change.

(2) (Personal Computer) Any laptop or desktop computer such as a Windows, Mac or Linux machine.

(3) (Personal Computer) In contrast to the more generic definition above, a PC generally refers to an x86-based desktop or laptop computer, the great majority of which run Windows. The PC is the world's largest computer base with more than a billion connected to the Internet and more than a hundred million sold each year. PCs are available from large vendors such as HP, Lenovo, Dell, Asus and Acer, as well as countless small dealers who assemble them from standard parts.

PC Clients and Servers
The term PC typically refers to the user's desktop or laptop computer, which is the "client" machine. However, millions of x86-based machines are used as servers, running under Windows, Linux or Unix. Servers can be fully equipped like desktop PCs or rack mounted without display capability for the datacenter. See blade server, x86-based system, rack mounted, client and server.

The IBM PC
IBM launched the PC in 1981 and exited the business in 2004, selling its PC division to China-based Lenovo. Immediately after the original launch, competitors began to create clones, and except for Compaq, most attempts failed until the mid-1980s when the PC's BIOS (startup) chip was successfully copied. Vendors purchased the BIOS from several companies, and the PC industry began to flourish. See IBM PC and BIOS.


What's Inside a PC
In modern desktop PCs (bottom), plug-in cards are few, as most I/O functions reside in chips on the motherboard (see PC chipset). Computers designed specifically for games, animation and video editing use stand-alone video cards for fast rendering.







Not Quite
The death knell for PCs was sounded long ago; witness this 1997 magazine cover. However, no mobile device comes close to a large screen and responsive keyboard when hours of work and typing are required.
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Mexican ultra-low-cost carrier Controladora Vuela Compania de Aviacion SAB (BMV: VOLAR) (NYSE: VLRS) said that it has priced its initial public offering comprised of 61,992,540 series A shares for the Mexican offering and 226,469,000 ordinary participation certificates in the form on American Depositary Shares for the international offering at an initial offering price of Ps.
WATER GREAT TIME: Youngsters who took part in the canoeing venture receive their participation certificates
With participation certificates given to all the players, all winning teams received cash prizes of Rs.
Although, the students could not win the competition but they were rewarded with participation certificates by the Rockwell Software company, the sponsor of the event, says a press release received here.
Recognition and participation certificates were distributed to organizers and participants.
All registered participants will be presented participation certificates.
Turkey, which is careful to preserve its secular stance on politics and finance, refers to sukuk as participation certificates and Islamic banks are called participation bank.
However, over 30 people were participants coming from two Radio stations of Church Catholic owned Radio Good News and Government owned Radio FM98; all participants finally received their participation certificates on Sunday at evening dinner ceremony.
The reason is the pending decision of the Austrian Supreme Court of Justice regarding the status of the group's participation certificates.
The students all received participation certificates signed by the Hariri Foundation and the UWC when the workshop was concluded.
2 billion of its Ordinary Participation Certificates (CPOs), directly or in the form of American Depositary Shares (ADSs), plus up to an additional 180 million CPOs to cover over-allotments.
Certificates and trophies will also be presented to students who scored the highest marks in each grade, while participation certificates will also be distributed.

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