asynchronous transfer mode

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Asynchronous Transfer Mode definition

communications
(ATM, or "fast packet") A method for the dynamic allocation of bandwidth using a fixed-size packet (called a cell).
See also ATM Forum, Wideband ATM.
ATM acronyms (http://atmforum.com/atmforum/acronym_index.html).
Indiana acronyms (http://cell-relay.indiana.edu/cell-relay/FAQ/ATM-Acronyms.html).
[More detail? Data rate(s)?]
(1996-04-01)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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asynchronous transfer mode

noun
a means of digital communications that is capable of very high speeds; suitable for transmission of images or voice or video as well as data; "ATM is used for both LAN and WAN" 
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