Thinlabs University (N-Z)

Here's more techno-jargon you'll find in the midst of your emails and telephone conversations with Thinlabs representatives - a list of key terms and simple definitions in English that you can understand (N thru Z - updated periodically).  If you want the more technical info, click on the links where available.

  • Parallel Port - connection point on a system for attaching older (often called legacy) devices (such as printers)
  • PoE (acronym for Power over Ethernet) - a standard which a computer receives both network access and power over a single network cable, for greatly reduced electrical requirements and setup flexibility
    • PoE 802.3at+ - IEEE standard that supports Gigabit Ethernet data capacity on PoE Midspan connections; provides a minimum of 24W of power
    • PoE Midspan Injector - injects power into a network cable without affecting data; great for introducing PoE to non-PoE network links; practical when only a few PoE devices are in use (Thinlabs offers medium power 30W as well as high power 75W injectors)
    • PoE Splitter - for splitting network data to the network jack on a motherboard, and power to the power slot on a motherboard
  • Quad Core - type of motherboard that has four central processing units (or CPUs) in its core
  • RFID Tag - an identification tag that utilizes radio technology to allow for streamlined inventory control
  • Screen - (also known as Liquid Crystal Display [LCD] or Light Emitting Diode [LED] Display) - what you’re viewing right now
  • Serial Port - connection point on a system for attaching older devices (such as scanners, Uninterruptable Power Supplies and more)
  • Software - computer instructions / programs or data (ie MS Office, MS Windows, Google Chrome, etc) installed on a system
  • Thin Client - systems designed for use by users in a client-server architecture, where important data is centrally stored
  • Touch Screen - an extra piece of glass placed on top of a screen allowing you to use a finger or stylus to run programs on a screen; Thinlabs utilize several different types of touch screens in their systems:
    • IR (Infrared) Touch - quite durable; difficult to scratch; very sensitive to touch
    • Optical Touch - uses a pair of small cameras atop the touch screen; used with larger screens
    • Resistive Touch - multi-layered; highly resistant to liquids and contaminants; pressable with a finger or stylus; more susceptible to damage from sharp objects
  • USB - a standard that allows devices to be attached and removed from a system while running (Thinlabs devices support up to USB 3.0; the newer the version, the faster data can transfer through it, and the lower the power consumption)
  • Virtual Memory - space on a Flash that the system uses like Memory temporarily when all space in Memory is being used; slower than standard Memory, however
  • Zero Client - system installed without memory or a flash; must connect directly to a company’s server for access

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