sound card


sound card

noun

computers : a device in a computer system designed to produce or reproduce sound

Full Definition of SOUND CARD

:  a circuit board in a computer system designed to produce or reproduce sound

First Known Use of SOUND CARD

1983

sound card

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Integrated circuit that generates an audio signal and sends it to a computer's speakers. The sound card can accept an analog sound (as from a microphone or audio tape) and convert it to digital data that can be stored in an audio file, or accept digitized audio signals (as from an audio file) and convert them to analog signals that can be played on the computer's speakers. On a personal computer, the sound card is usually a separate circuit board that is plugged into the motherboard.

Variants of SOUND CARD

sound card or audio card

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