- Abbreviation of radio frequency interference. An electromagnetic disturbance, occurring at radio frequencies, which brings about a degradation in performance, a malfunction, or the failure of a component, circuit, device, piece of equipment, or system. Such interference can be produced by countless sources, such as microchips, lightning, RF amplifiers, ignition systems, geomagnetism, and so on. Devices such as shields and filters are utilized to minimize or prevent its effects. Its own abbreviation is RFI.
- synonymradio-frequency interference
Cars & Driving
- noun interference generated by the ignition system and other electrical apparatus; counteracted by suppressors.