backward-compatible


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back·ward-com·pat·i·ble

(băk′wərd-kəm-păt′ə-bəl)
adj.
Compatible with earlier systems or elements of earlier systems: a new release of an operating system that is backward-compatible with earlier versions.
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The system is backward-compatible as it is based on the standard RJ45 plug-in format.
Of the 1.65 billion minutes of Xbox One gameplay data Ars Technica tracked, only 1.5 percent represented gamers spending time playing backward-compatible titles.
The new system will enable Digital Check scanners to operate without being tethered to a dedicated workstation, and is backward-compatible with existing scanner models.
It features a built-in digital camera for precise sample placement and is fully backward-compatible with Datacolor's prior generations of instruments.
The family of fully backward-compatible benchtops, complete with a new embedded processor and data storage, provides a platform for increased efficiency and color measurement confidence.
The new Express Dock HD is compatible with Thunderbolt 2 and backward-compatible with all Thunderbolt devices -- which include laptops/ultrabooks and desktops with Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 ports.
The DCN 3000 is a backward-compatible replacement for the Echelon DC-1000 line of data concentrator products, which are installed throughout Echelon's worldwide customer base and which power more smart meters than any other data concentrator in the world.
In form, footprint and function the LA 130-150 series is backward-compatible with LEM's prior-generation devices.
The E6607B is backward-compatible with the previous-generation E6607A EXT.
The VUB300 is also backward-compatible with USB 1.1.
A backward-compatible architecture allows BD FACSAria or BD FACSAria II customers to upgrade existing instruments to the new platform.