Motherboard Terms Flashcards

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{Blank} use a schematic diagram as a way to think about a computer motherboard.
Computer engineers
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It's important to remember that motherboard technology can _____ very quickly.
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Schematic Diagram
A logical organization of how computer components are connected, instead of where they are physically found on the motherboard.
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These are the most common types of connections on the motherboard.
Integrated Drive Electronics (IDE) and Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA).
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Read-only memory (ROM)
A chip, also called the BIOS, that contains the firmware, or startup instructions for a computer system.
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Southbridge
On a motherboard, this is the chip that controls the input and output (I/O) functions; it's directly connected to the Northbridge.
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On a motherboard, the Northbridge is a chip that forms an interface between the _____, the main memory, and other components.
CPU
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Motherboard
A stiff sheet of plastic that provides a sturdy platform that contains the central processing unit (CPU), memory, various additional slots, and circuitry that comprise a computer system.
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Flashcard Content Overview

If you paid attention to your mother, then you ought to pay attention to this flashcard set about the motherboard -- the 'mother of all the components' -- in your computer system. Learn about the CPU, DRAM, and other motherboard components, and its various features and functions to get insights into how your desktop, laptop, and smartphone operate.

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Motherboard
A stiff sheet of plastic that provides a sturdy platform that contains the central processing unit (CPU), memory, various additional slots, and circuitry that comprise a computer system.
On a motherboard, the Northbridge is a chip that forms an interface between the _____, the main memory, and other components.
CPU
Southbridge
On a motherboard, this is the chip that controls the input and output (I/O) functions; it's directly connected to the Northbridge.
Read-only memory (ROM)
A chip, also called the BIOS, that contains the firmware, or startup instructions for a computer system.
These are the most common types of connections on the motherboard.
Integrated Drive Electronics (IDE) and Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA).
Schematic Diagram
A logical organization of how computer components are connected, instead of where they are physically found on the motherboard.
It's important to remember that motherboard technology can _____ very quickly.
change
{Blank} use a schematic diagram as a way to think about a computer motherboard.
Computer engineers
Busses
Connections between components represented on a schematic diagram.

Identify why the following are alike:

Smartphone, laptop computer, desktop computer

Because all three use a motherboard with a CPU, memory, connectors, and the required circuitry, a smartphone is just like a desktop and laptop computer.
Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP) and Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) are the names of slots for _____.
Video or graphics cards
CPU socket
The place on the motherboard where the pins of the central processing unit (CPU) chip are inserted; spots intended for heat sinks and fans that provide cooling are nearby.
A _____ distributes power to the CPU and other components on a motherboard.
power connector
DRAM chip slots contain a computer system's _____
main memory
Traces
Thin layers of copper or aluminum foil embedded onto a motherboard that are very narrow and form the circuits between the various parts.
Memory slots
Horizontal channels located on a computer motherboard that accepts DRAM (Dynamic Random Access Memory) chips.
Power connector
A component that distributes the electrical power to the CPU and other parts located on a computer motherboard.

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