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Online Computer Terms Dictionary - H

hardware handshaking

<communications> A technique for regulating the flow of data across an interface by means of signals carried on separate wires.

A common example is the RTS (Request to Send) and CTS (Clear to Send) signals on an EIA-232 serial line.

The alternative, software handshaking, uses two special characters inserted into the data stream to carry the same information.



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