Asynchronous Transfer Mode
, or ATM, is a relatively new high-speed transfer technology. ATM is a physical-layer protocol
in which a standard 53-byte packet
(known as a cell
!) is used to simultaneously transmit voice
over the same cable. The cells contain ident(ification) information, which allows an ATM-switch to separate data types and re-assemble them in the right order.
(so sue me, I know about data communications/computers, but not about Olympic mascots!!)