CAM – channel access method or computer-aided manufacturing

(1) Short for channel access method, a protocol for how data is transmitted in the bottom two layers of the OSI model. CAMs describe how networking systems put data on the network media, how low-level errors are dealt with, and how the network polices itself. Polling, contention and token passingare three examples of CAMs.

(2) Acronym for computer-aided manufacturing, a type of computer application that helps automate a factory. For example, the following are types of CAM systems

All these systems are concerned with automatically directing the manufacture and inventory of parts.

(3) Slang term to describe a bootleg copy of a movie that was recorded in the movie theater with a digital video camera. It’s usually poor quality and the sound in a CAM is recorded by the cameras microphone, meaning it will capture theater sounds and laughter and such from the attending movie-goers.

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