Chips and Salsa

Why Trust Techopedia

What Does Chips and Salsa Mean?

In IT, the colloquial phrase “chips and salsa” refers to the difference between hardware and software technologies. The hardware is the “chips,” and the software is the “salsa.” IT pros might talk about hardware and software displayed for the purposes of troubleshooting or for other types of descriptions or explanations.

Advertisements

Techopedia Explains Chips and Salsa

In one sense, the phrase chips and salsa is a play on the word “chip.” While a chip, in American English, is a tasty snack, it is also used to describe microprocessors. So it makes sense to call hardware “chips.” There is also the difference between the density and texture of chips and salsa – the chips are hard and crunchy, the salsa is more of a liquid – and the differences in application: the chip is dipped into salsa. All of this supports the idea that this food metaphor can be used to talk about hardware and software.

Advertisements

Related Terms

Margaret Rouse
Technology Expert
Margaret Rouse
Technology Expert

Margaret is an award-winning technical writer and teacher known for her ability to explain complex technical subjects to a non-technical business audience. Over the past twenty years, her IT definitions have been published by Que in an encyclopedia of technology terms and cited in articles by the New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, ZDNet, PC Magazine, and Discovery Magazine. She joined Techopedia in 2011. Margaret's idea of a fun day is helping IT and business professionals learn to speak each other’s highly specialized languages.