Original Equipment Manufacturer
A company that has a special relationship with computer producers: OEMs buy computers in bulk and customize them for a particular application; then they sell the customized computer under their own name. The term is really a misnomer because OEMs are not the original manufacturers; they are customizers of other people's products.
This is also a chat acronym that means "Operator Equipment Mismatch."
NetLingo Classification: Net Hardware
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