Also memory buffer. A piece of memory which serves as a temporary holding tank for data.
For example, lets say you have a camera which takes a second or two to process the data from an image sensor chip. Such a camera would not be able to shoot at a particularly high frame rate, owing to the processing constraints involved. One solution is for the camera designer to add a memory buffer between the image sensor and the cameras CPU. The sensor dumps data rapidly to the buffer, which then feeds the data to the CPU at a speed it can handle.
cf. image sensor, memory.
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