peripheral interface adapter


General Science

  • noun a circuit that allows a computer to communicate with a peripheral by providing serial and parallel ports and other handshaking signals required to interface the peripheral.


  • A circuit board which is plugged into the bus or an expansion slot of a computer, in order to enable the exchange of data with a peripheral. An example is a network adapter. Its abbreviation is PIA. Also called peripheral interface card.
  • synonymperipheral interface card