asynchronous transfer mode

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of asynchronous transfer mode

: a digital network communications system that allows high-speed broadband transmissions
  • The overhaul of AT&T's network is just as important. AT&T will deploy an Internet-like digital technology known as ATM, for asynchronous transfer mode. It converts information into the ones and zeros of computer language, breaks it into tiny pieces, stamps them with an address and sends them into a shared transmission line.
  • —Steve Rosenbush

First Known Use of asynchronous transfer mode

1987


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