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HPC:Factor Glossary of Terms


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HPC Factor Glossary of Terms

HPC Factor uses many computing terms and acronyms that some users may be unfamiliar with. This Glossary aims to provide users with the information necessary to make full use of the site.

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.net Microsoft's .net strategy, reference on HPC Factor are to Windows CE Net (Windows CE 4.0)
2bp 2bp files are special Windows CE BitMap files designed for use on older 4 Shade Greyscale displays
9x Term that collectively denotes Windows 95, 98, 98SE and Millennium Edition
ActiveSync The Windows CE desktop host Synchronisation client originally released in 1999 to replace Windows CE services. ActiveSync is now up to version 3.8 for Windows CE 2.0 to CE 4.2 devices and 4.5 for Windows CE 3.0 to Windows CE 5.0 devices.
ActiveSync (1) Windows CE mobile device client that connects to the Desktop ActviceSync synchronisation client in order to exchange database and file information
APN Access Point Name - A term used in GPRS to specify a cellular service providers data address on the cellular network
AvantGo AvantGo is a way of displaying and keeping up-to-date with Internet content on your mobile device. AvantGo has an ActiveSync module to allow for web site updates to be delivered directly to the mobile device. It is similar to Microsoft Mobile Channels
BitMap A image file where each pixel's attributes are mapped according to the Bit depth of the specified image. As a result of each pixel being recorded in the file, BitMaps can be comparatively large compared with other image formats
BMP See BitMap
CE See Windows CE
CESD CESD is HPC Factors collective term for our Support Articles. CESD stands for CE Support Data
CPU Central Processor Unit - The core of a computer. The CPU responsible for carrying out all computational work and interface work in the computer. While most desktop systems use the x86, older CE Mobile devices use the SH3, SH4 or MIPS processor, while newer ones tend to use the StrongArm or XScale processor
DUN Dial-Up Networking - The Microsoft term for connecting a device to a remote network e.g. the Internet
Flash ROM ROM which can be written to by special utilities for the purposes up upgrading the Operating System in a Windows CE Mobile Device
Full VGA See VGA (Full)
GAPI Graphical Application Programming Interface - GAPI is a series of files that allow certain Windows CE games to run using more advanced graphics than standard
H/PC (HPC) Acronym for Handheld PC
H/PC (1) First Generation H/PC based on Windows CE 1.0 or 1.01
H/PC 2 Second Generation H/PC based on Windows CE 2.0
H/PC 2000 Fourth Generation H/PC based on Windows CE 3.0
H/PC Explorer The original Windows CE Synchronisation software for Windows CE 1.0x based devices.
HPC Factor Thank-you for visiting HPC Factor and its Glossary section
H/PC Professional Third Generation H/PC device based on Windows CE 2.11 or 2.12
Handheld Addict One of our Partner Sites in the Handheld PC community core - Take a Look
Handheld Underground One of our Partner Sites in the Handheld PC community core - Take a Look
Handheld PC Devices based around HVGA or VGA screens with a keyboard which run Windows CE 1.0x or above
Half VGA See VGA (Half)
HCL Hardware Compatibility List
HP Hewlett Packard company
IP Internet Protocol - The method by which TCP/IP based networking clients are addressed. This includes on LAN's, WAN's and the Internet
IrDA Infrared Data Association - Early wireless protocol standard. IrDA allows you to synchronise your Mobile Device without the need to cabled
j7xx One of our Partner Sites in the Handheld PC community core - Take a Look
Jornada Hewlett Packard trademark. Before the merger with Compaq, Jornada was the brand name for all HP Windows CE based Mobile devices from late 1998 onwards
MC12 H/PC by Ericsson. The MC12 is a re-branded HP 320LX
MC16 H/PC by Ericsson. The MC16 is a re-branded HP 360LX
MIPS Common RISC CPU architecture created by MIPS Technologies Corp.; often found as NEC processors in H/PCs using the VR4xxx or VR3xxx architecture.
MIPS (1) Millions of Instructions Per Second
MFC Microsoft Foundation Class
NEC Nippon Electronics Corporation
NECSAM Nippon Electronics Corporation Solutions America - OEM behind the MobilePro range
Newsgroup Pre-http bulletin board system based on the NNTP protocol. Newsgroups are one of the oldest forms of community discussion available on the InternetRead more
NNTP Network News Transfer Protocol - See Newsgroup
P/PC (PPC) Acronym for Pocket PC
Palm Generally is the term given to Devices running Palm OS
Palm OS Rival Operating System to Windows CE. Originally developed by 3Com
Palm PC The original brand name for Microsoft's first QVGA devices based on CE 2.01 or 2.1. The name was changed to Palm-Sized PC after complaints from the makers of the Palm Pilot
Palm-Sized PC See Palm PC
Pocket PC The third generation Microsoft QVGA device. Now based around Windows CE 3
PowerPC RISC CPU originally created by IBM, Motorola and Apple. It is predominantly associated with Apple computers. Windows NT was also released under PPC, and Windows CE 2.10 and higher can be built to run under PPC. The Microsoft Xbox 360 and Nintendo GameCube use IBM PPC processors.
PPC Acronym for PowerPC
PPC Acronym for Pocket PC
Quarter VGA See VGA (Quarter)
RAM Random Access Memory. RAM is volatile storage Memory
RAS Remote Access Service - The process of connecting to a remote computer. The term usually refers to remote access over DUN
RAs (1) Remote Access Server - A computer able to accept RAs requests
ROM Read Only Memory - Non-volatile, non-writeable storage memory
SH3 Hitachi Super-H 3 CPU
SH4 Hitachi Super-H 4 CPU
T/PC (TPC) Acronym for Tablet PC
Tablet PC A device with traits of both the Pocket PC and the Handheld PC. Tablet PC's are full VGA or above devices with no keyboard. In support terms the Tablet PC is grouped with the Handheld PC
TCP/IP Transfer Control Protocol / Internet Protocol - The underlying system involved in running the Internet and most modern Local / Wide Area Networks
USB Universal Serial Bus - Standardised cabling interface allowing for fast data transfers. Supported only by newer Windows CE Mobile devices
VGA (Full) Full VGA devices use a screen resolution of 640x480
VGA (Half) Half VGA - Devices are usually referred to as Clamshell. They have a screen resolution of 640x240
VGA (Quarter) Quarter VGA - Pocket PC device screen size of 320 x 240
VNC See Virtual Network Computing
Virtual Network Computing Open source remote access protocol originally designed by AT&T UK for connecting to X servers interactively. VNC was later ported to multiple platforms, including Viewers for Windows CE.
WAV WAVe files are PCM encoded audio files usually uncompressed and commonly used for system events on Handheld PC's
WiFi Wide Fidelity - Wireless networking technology using the IEEE 802.11x specification
Windows CE Officially Microsoft's 'CE' does not stand for anything, unofficially it is often referred to as Compact Edition. Windows CE is a operating system designed to power Mobile Devices and other computing products where a small OS footprint is required
Windows CE Services The second major version of the Windows CE Synchronisation software supporting Windows CE 2.0 and Handheld PC Professional H/PC's