asynchronous transfer mode


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 abbreviation ATM

First Known Use of asynchronous transfer mode

1984, in the meaning defined above

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“Asynchronous transfer mode.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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