Jargon: The Acronyms of the Laptop Business

Welcome to a different episode of Jargon, the brand new present from Digital Traits that deciphers the complicated jargon of varied industries into phrases and ideas the remainder of us perceive. We’re stay every week on Tuesdays with a unique set of jargon from a unique business.

On this episode, host Myq Kaplan dives into the mysterious world of the acronyms that stay inside your pc. Sean Cleveland, director of technical advertising at Nvidia, joins the dialogue to lend his experience at parsing the difficult capital letters that function shorthand for understanding at present’s pc know-how.

Be a part of us as we dive into the next phrases:

CPU – So what makes your pc tick? The Central Processing Unit, or CPU. “It’s the brains of the pc,” Cleveland says. “It’s the microprocessor inside.” The CPU is what runs your software program functions and retains your desktops, laptops, and telephones doing what they should do. However which CPU is best for you?

GPU – The GPU, or Graphics Processing Unit, offers with, effectively, graphics. Whereas the CPU is designed to run your software program, the GPU options parallel structure and has hundreds of cores specialised to interpolate extremely complicated graphics. Cleveland walks us by how this works, and methods to decide the appropriate GPU on your wants.

RAM – From ROM to RAM, reminiscence has all the time had memorable acronyms. However what precisely differentiates RAM from cache reminiscence, or any of the opposite sorts of reminiscence present in a contemporary pc? Cleveland helps us keep in mind the aim and significance of random entry reminiscence.

SSD vs. HDD – Drives, they’re a changin’. The legacy know-how of the usual HDD (exhausting disk drive) has been round for greater than 60 years, which implies it’s low-cost, but additionally sluggish, loud, and heavy. We’ve now entered the world of the Stable-State Drive, which, as Cleveland factors out, is smaller, quicker, safer, …and costlier.

USB – How lengthy will the “common” in “common serial bus” be “common”? What number of instances will we’ve to try inserting a USB drive solely to have it’s the other way up? “USBs will stick round,” Cleveland assures us, and factors out that the present USB-C interface has a symmetrical design so there isn’t any incorrect manner up.

Be a part of us on subsequent week’s episode of Jargon as we dig into the world of jargon behind your televisions.

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