peripheral interface adapter

Definitions

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.

Electronics

  • 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
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