graphics accelerator

Here is an example of a new type of hardware that has been developed to accommodate the popularity of multimedia applications and graphics-intensive Web sites on the Internet. It is a video adapter with a processor that specifically handles graphics, freeing up a computer's CPU (thereby raising a computer's performance level in terms of speed, mainly). Most computer manufacturers now bundle a graphics accelerator with their mid- to high-end systems.

See also : programming  
NetLingo Classification: Net Hardware