Chipset

Technology / Computers / Chipset: A chip or set of chips that integrates into the clock generator, bus controller, system timer, interrupt controller, DMA controller, CMOS RAM/clock, and keyboard controller on a motherboard. Often known as the pair of chips, North Bridge, and South Bridge. A motherboard's chipset defines the architecture that the board is built on and controls its compatibility with expansion cards and other devices.

South Bridge

Technology / Computers / South Bridge: The lower-speed component in the chipset. The South Bridge connects to the PCI bus and contains the IDE interface ports. Normally, it also contains the USB interface and sometimes the CMOS and clock f MORE

Motherboard

Technology / Computers / Motherboard: The main circuit board of a microcomputer. The motherboard contains the connectors for attaching additional boards. Typically, the motherboard contains the CPU, BIOS, memory, mass storage interfaces, MORE

North Bridge

Technology / Computers / North Bridge: The main portion of the motherboard chipset that acts as an interface between the processor and other parts of the motherboard. It contains the cache, main memory, and AGP controllers, as well as the MORE

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