direct memory access

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direct memory access
 
n
DMA a process in which data may be moved directly to or from the main memory of a computer system by operations not under the control of the central processing unit

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Direct Memory Access definition

architecture
(DMA) A facility of some architectures which allows a peripheral to read and write memory without intervention by the CPU. DMA is a limited form of bus mastering.
(1996-08-23)

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