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Chapter Summary

Key Terms

  • Advanced Power Management (APM)

  • Antenna

  • Application key

  • Back-lighting

  • Cardbus

  • Docking port

  • Docking station

  • Execute-in-place mode

  • Green mode

  • Hibernate mode

  • Hot insertion

  • Laptops

  • Liquid crystal displays (LCDs)

  • Notebook computers

  • PC Cards

  • PCMCIA bus

  • Personal Computer Memory Card International Association (PCMCIA)

  • Picture element

  • Pixel

  • Polarizer

  • Port replicators

  • Sleep mode

  • Socket services

  • Standby mode

  • Suspend mode

  • Touch pad

  • Touch-screen monitors

  • Trackball

  • Win keys

  • Wireless adapter

This chapter dealt expressly with aspects of the portable computer systems. It documented how portable units differ from conventional desktop and tower versions of personal computers.

A majority of the chapter was devoted to different types of peripheral devices typically associated with portable computer systems. These peripherals include external drive units, docking stations, and port replicators. There was also a considerable amount of information concerning PCMCIA/PC Cards/Cardbus interfaces and services that have been developed primarily for portable computer peripherals.

After completing the chapter, you should be able to identify the components of portable systems and describe how they differ from typical desktop components. You should also be able to identify their unique problems.

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