Vacuum Fluorescent Display. A popular type of disply found on electronics. It is a type of vacuum tube and was invented in the 1960s before LCD and LED display techology was available.
VFDs are still used today due to their long life, high brightness, ability to display lots of information in a small area and their versatility in color choices. Looks better than most LCD and LED displays as well, thus improving the appearance of a piece of equipment.
Used primarily for status displays on mid range to high end stereos, VCRs, DVD players and other equipment where a good looking display is needed. Can also be seen on cash registers that have deep green or blue readouts.
My stereo has a VFD display.
Pentium 4. Intels latest CPU chip. Based on the NetBurst architecture, this CPU has an extremely long pipeline so it can reach very hight clock speeds. Speeds started at 1.4 GHz at introduction and are now at 3.8 GHz. The chip has gone through 3 major revisions in chronological order: Willamette, Northwood and Prescott.
Fairly quick, but not as quick as its GHz rating would suggest. Runs very hot due to its extreme clock speed.
From the honest PC salesman: The Athlon 64 running at 2.4 GHz is faster than the P4 at 3.2 GHz in most programs. The Athlon puts out much less heat too.