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Acronyms, Buzzwords, and Common Questions About Standards


How can I identify a project or standard from an acronym or buzzword ?

How do I obtain DIN standards ?

How do I obtain standards for household appliances ?

How do I obtain the ISO 9000 standards ?

How do I obtain MIL standards or MIL SPECs ?

How do I obtain the NEC (National Electric Code) ?

How do I obtain X3 standards ?

What standards are included in the Color Book series ?

What if I have additional questions about IEEE Standards ?


How can I identify a project or standard from an acronym or buzzword?

Here is a list of acronyms and buzzwords that the IEEE Standards Department has put together to help you identify an IEEE standard or a specification belonging to another standards-developing organization. The list is in alphabetical order according to the buzzword.

"IEEE Pnnnn" refers to an unapproved IEEE Standards project;
"IEEE Std nnnn-19XX" refers to an approved standard.

Click here to search IEEE standards and projects by title or keyword.

ABBETTM
A Broad Based Environment for Test; the IEEE 1226 series of standards
Ampacity Tables
defined by IEEE Std 835-1994, Current Carrying Capacity of Copper Wiring
AT Bus
specifications maintained by IEEE P996
ATM
Asynchronous Transfer Mode; standards are defined by EIA. IEEE has one related project - IEEE P1357
Backplane Bus
the relevant project is IEEE P996
BACNET
the standard can be ordered through ANSI.
BTL
Backplane Transceiver Logic; defined by IEEE Std 1194.1-1990
'Blue Book'
the IEEE P1015 series
Boot Firmware
the IEEE 1275 series of standards
Boundary Scan
defined by IEEE Std 1149.1-1990
'Bronze Book'
IEEE Std 739-1995
'Brown Book'
IEEE Std 399-1990
BSDL
Boundary Scan Description Language; defined by IEEE Std 1149.1b
'Buff Book'
IEEE Std 242-1986
Category 3/4/5
Twisted-pair cabling standards are available through the Electronic Industry Association (EIA)
C/Atlas
defined by IEEE Std 716-1989
CMC
Common Mezzanine Card; the project is IEEE P1386
COMTRADE
defined by IEEE Std C37.111-1991
DIS
Distributed Interactive Simulation; the IEEE 1278 series of standards
DMA
defined by IEEE Std 1212.1-1993
'Emerald Book'
IEEE Std 1100-1992
EPP
Enhanced Parallel Port; defined by IEEE Std 1284-1994
Ethernet
defined by ISO/IEC 8802-3 (ANSI/IEEE Std 802.3)
Fast Ethernet
defined by IEEE Std 802.3u-1995
Fire WireTM
defined by IEEE Std 1394-1995
FOIRL
Fiber Optic Inter-Repeater Link; Section 9.9 of ISO/IEC 8802-3
Futurebus+®
the IEEE 896 series of standards
Futurebus+® / VME64 Bridge
defined by IEEE Std 1014.1-1994
'Gold Book'
IEEE Std 493-1990
'Gray Book'
IEEE Std 241-1990
'Green Book'
IEEE Std 142-1991
High Performance Serial Bus
defined by IEEE Std 1394-1995
HiPPI
High Performance Parallel Interface; information is available through ANSI
HL7
Health Industry Level 7; information is available through ANSI
IBIS
I/O Buffer Information Specification; information is available through the Electronic Industry Association (EIA)
IDEF
the IEEE 1320 series of standards
IEC 821 Bus
defined by IEEE Std 1096-1988
IEC 603.2 connectors
mechanical core specification is IEEE Std 1101.1-1992
IETF
Internet Engineering Task Force
IPCEA
the definition is now IEEE Std 835-1994
ISA Bus
specifications maintained by IEEE P996
JTAG
Joint Test Action Group; typically refers to JTAG/IEEE Std 1149.1-1990
Lightning Protection Code
Documents can be purchased through the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
Mass Storage System
The project is P1244 (no draft available at this time)
Medix
the IEEE 1157 series of standards
MIB
Medical Information Bus; the IEEE 1073 series of standards
Microcomputer System Bus
defined by IEEE Std 796-1983
NEC®
National Electric Code®
NESC®
National Electrical Safety Code®; IEEE C2
NSSN
National Standards Systems Network; information is available through ANSI
NuBus-90
defined by IEEE Std 1196-1987
N-Way
see Auto-Negotiation portion (clause 28) of 100BASE-T, IEEE Std 802.3u-1995
'Orange Book'
IEEE Std 446-1995
Parallel Port
defined by IEEE Std 1284-1994
PC Bus
specifications maintained by IEEE P996
PCI Bus
the relevant project is IEEE P1386.1
PILOT
defined by IEEE Std 1154-1991
'Red Book'
IEEE Std 141-1993
RFC
Request For Comments; available through the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
S100 Bus
specifications maintained by IEEE P696
S135
the standard is now IEEE Std 835-1994
S-Bus
defined by IEEE Std 1496-1993
SCADA
defined by IEEE C37.1-1994
SCI
Scalable Coherent Interconnect; the IEEE 1596 series of standards
SCPI
defined by IEEE Std 488.1-1987
SCSI
Small Computer Systems Interface; standards can be ordered through ANSI
STD Bus
defined by IEEE Std 961-1987
STE Bus
defined by IEEE Std 1000-1987
System Requirements Spec
defined by IEEE Std 1233-1996
TELECOM Bus
the relevant project is IEEE P1396
Token Ring
LAN standard is ISO/IEC 8802-5 (ANSI/IEEE Std 802.5)
USB
Universal Serial Bus; information is available through Intel Corp.
VDT
the relevant standard is IEEE Std 1140-1994
Verilog® Hardware Description Language
HDL; defined by IEEE Std 1364-1995
Versa Bus
the project was IEEE P970 (this project has been withdrawn)
VHDL
defined by IEEE Std 1076-1993
'Violet Book'
the relevant project is IEEE P551
VME Bus
defined by IEEE Std 1014-1987
VXI
defined by IEEE Std 1155-1992
'White Book'
IEEE Std 602-1996
Wireless LAN
the relevant project is IEEE P802.11
'Yellow Book'
IEEE Std 902-1998
10Base-F
defined by Section 14 of ISO/IEC 8802-3
10Base-T
defined by Section 14 of ISO/IEC 8802-3
100BASE-T
defined by IEEE Std 802.3u-1995

There is more information available on placing an order for any of the IEEE standards.

If your acronym or buzzword isn't mentioned here, you can browse the IEEE online catalog, online database, or contact the IEEE Standards information line (+1-732-562-3800).


How do I obtain DIN standards?

To obtain DIN standards, contact the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).


How do I obtain standards for household appliances?

To obtain standards for household appliances, contact Underwriters Laboratories (UL).


How do I obtain the ISO 9000 standards?

To obtain the ISO 9000 standards, contact the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).


How do I obtain MIL standards or MIL SPECs?

MIL standards or MIL SPECs are sold through Global Engineering
(+1-800-854-7179 in the US and Canada; +1-303-792-2181 elsewhere).


How do I obtain the NEC® or National Electric Code®?

The 1996 NEC® and the 1996 NEC® Handbook are available for purchase through the IEEE Sales Office.  If you have questions concerning the NEC®, or if you need to purchase earlier editions, please contact the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) directly.


How do I obtain X3 standards?

To obtain X3 standards, contact the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).


What standards are included in the Color Book series?

The Red Book IEEE Std 141-1993
The Green Book IEEE Std 142-1991
The Gray Book IEEE Std 241-1990
The Buff Book IEEE Std 242-1986
The Brown Book IEEE Std 399-1990
The Orange Book IEEE Std 446-1995
The Gold Book IEEE Std 493-1990
The White Book IEEE Std 602-1996
The Bronze Book IEEE Std 739-1995
The Yellow Book IEEE Std 902-1998
The Emerald Book IEEE Std 1100-1992

What if I have additional questions about IEEE Standards?

For further information, contact Markus Plessel.



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