What are Computer Sockets?
Computer sockets are the built-in interfaces on motherboards that accept various hardware components. When compatible devices are plugged into computer sockets, they communicate with the system to provide functionality. Dial-up modems, graphics cards and sound cards are just some examples. Computer sockets use standardized protocols to communicate with the devices that are designed to plug into them. When protocols change, computer sockets are renamed, and manufacturers keep pace by designing products that utilize the newer protocols. Computer sockets in the 1980s were referred to as Integrated Drive Electronics (IDE) slots, followed by Enhanced IDE (EIDE) slots. In some areas technology has moved beyond computer sockets to faster interfaces. Traditional IDE hard drives required wide cables that used parallel technology to sent data back and forth from computer sockets to the drives. Modern hard drives use an entirely different interface based on serial communication that uses narrow c