Definition of modem
: a device that converts signals produced by one type of device (such as a computer) to a form compatible with another (such as a telephone)
Recent Examples of modem from the Web
The company will offer the sensors as stand-alone technology for smartphone makers, and also include it with its Snapdragon mobile processor/cellular modem technology that powers many Android smartphones.
There's not a huge difference between the two chips—the 427 swaps out the X6 Snapdragon LTE modem for an X9, which offers better upload and download speeds.
Qualcomm (qcom, -2.00%), the largest independent maker of chips used in smartphones, is a major supplier to Apple (aapl, -1.38%) and Samsung Electronics (ssnlf, +11.11%) for modem chips that connect phones to wireless networks.
For another, the attackers compromised the contractor's computer through her home modem — strange.
For another, the attackers compromised the contractor’s computer through her home modem — strange.
The company said Xfinity customers might have to upgrade their modems.
ACS/Xerox also sent equipment that violated U.S. electrical code, sent non-working electronic equipment to Blackfeet, switched the type of modem used to one that didn’t work with RTD devices and tasked only two employees to the project.
Apple slumped on Friday after Bloomberg News reported that iPhones launched later this year will use modem chips with slower download speeds than some rival smartphones.
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Origin and Etymology of modem
modulator + demodulator
First Known Use: circa 1952See Words from the same year
Definition of modem
: to send (something, such as data) via a modem
MODEM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of modem for English Language Learners
: a device that changes the form of electric signals so that information can be sent through telephone lines from one computer to another computer
MODEM Defined for Kids
Definition of modem for Students
: a device that changes electrical signals from one form to another and is used especially to send or receive computer data over a telephone line
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