blitter

<hardware, graphics> /blit'r/ (Or "raster blaster"). A special-purpose integrated circuit or hardware system built to perform blit (or "bit bang") operations, especially used for fast implementation of bit-mapped graphics.

The Commodore Amiga and a few other microcomputers have these, but in 1991 the trend is away from them (however, see cycle of reincarnation).

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Last updated: 1996-04-30

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BLISS-32 « BLISS-36 « blit « blitter » blivet » bloat » bloatware

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