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  • CMOS
    Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor - The technology typically used in making transistors that use very little power and can be run by a single lithium battery for many years such as the one used to keep the time and date of your computer. The word CMOS is now more generically used just to refer to the BIOS settings or computer date and time, rather than referring to the technology itself.
  • COA
    Certificate of Authenticity
  • CPU
    Central Processing Unit - the processor is responsible for running all software programs; its what makes the system run.