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Acronyms and Abbreviations - See also Glossary - F

This letter last updated 31 January 2003

F Fahrenheit, temperature scale
F2F Face to Face. When you actually meet those people you have been corresponding with or flaming ;-)
F2T Free to Talk
FA Failure Analysis
FA Final Assembly
FA First Article
FA Functional Acknowledgment
FAA Federal Aviation Administration
FACT Federation of Automated Coding Technologies
FAO Food and Agricultural Organization
FAQ Frequently Asked Question
FAR Federal Acquisition Regulations
FAR Federal Aviation Regulations (U.S.)
FASB Financial Accounting Standards Board
FAST Final Assembly and Test
FAST Forecasting and Assessment in Science and Technology
FAT File Allocation Table
fax Facsimile machine
FBAR Film Bulk Acoustic Resonator
FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation
FBP Factory Base Price
FC Fibre Channel
FC Forecast
FC Frame Control, FDDI
FC-AL Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loop
FC-PH Fibre Channel Physical and Signalling standard ANSI X3.230
FC-SCSI Fibre Channel-to-SCSI
FCC Federal Communications Commission
FCFP Fibre Channel Functional Profile
FCFPS Free Cash Flow Per Share
FCI Fluid Controls Institute
FCI Flux Changes per Inch (a measure of magnetic storage media)
FCP Fibre Channel Protocol
FCRC Federal Contract Research Centers, under NCSC,e.g. Aerospace
FCS Frame Check Sequence, FDDI
FCSI Fibre Channel Systems Initiative, joint industry
FCT FunCtional Test
FDD Flexible Disc Drive
FDDI Fiber Distributed Data Interface (an ANSI fiber-optic network std)
FDIC Federal Deposit Insurace Corporation
FDL Focus Design Location
FDM Frequency Division Multiplex
FDMA Frequency Division Multiple Access
FDNY Fire Department of New York
FDT Formal Description Techniques
FE Field Engineer, usually a sales expert
FE Finite Element
FEA Finite Element Analysis
FEBE Front-End/Back-End
FEAR False Evidence Appearing Real
FECA Federal Election Campaign Act
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
FEN Failure Event Notification
FERC Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, in charge of keeping energy markets fair and reasonable
FET Federal Excise Tax
FET Field Effect Transistors
FF&E Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment
FFO Funds From Operation
FFR Federal Funds Rate
FFR Field Failure Rate
FFT Fast Fourier Transform
FFV Ford Taurus Flexible Fuel Vehicle, (run on methanol)
FGA Flue-Gas Analyzer
FGI Finished Goods Inventory
FGP Finished Goods Process
FHA Federal Housing Adminstration
FHLMC Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp (Freddie Mac)
FI FInancial accounting module, SAP R/3
FIAT Fix It Again, Tony
FICA Federal Insurance and Compensation Act (Social Security)
FIFI First In, Forgotten Immediately
FIFO First In, First Out, a queuing algorithm
FILO First In, Last Out (akin to LIFO)
FINO First In Never Out
FinXML Financial XML
FIPS Federal Information Processing Standard
FIRA Flexible IRA
FIRS Federal Information Relay Service
FIS Financial Information System
FISA Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, U.S.
FISH First In Stays Here
FIST Feasible under Ideal conditions creating a Solution or Target
FIST-V FIre Support Team Vehicle (military)
FIT Failures in Time, quality measurement
FIT File Information Table
FIT Financial Information Transformer
FIT Functional Interface Translator
FITB Fill In The Blank
FITCAL Feel, Inspect, Tighten, Clean, Align, Lubricate, USMC reference to routine maintenance
FIX Financial Information Exchange protocol
FLA Four/five Letter Acronym
FLAG Fiber-optic Link Around the Globe
FLEA Four Letter Extended Acronym
FLEX File EXchange System
FLI FLIck, motion video format
FLM Field Logistics Manager
FLM Fixture Loading Mechanism
FLOPS Floating Point Operations Per Second
FLOTUS First Lady Of The United States
FLW Free Lance Graphics for Windows
FM Factory Mutual
FM Frequency Modulation (radio)
FMC Federal Maritime Commission
FMEA Failure Modes and Effects Analysis
FMLA Family and Medical Leave Act, 1993
FMP Functional Management Program
FMS Facilties Management System
FMS Factory Management System
FMS Flexible Machining System
FMS Flexible Manufacturing System
FMT Functional Management Team
FMV Fair Market Value
FNMA Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae)
FOB Forward Operating Base (military, as in Persian Gulf)
FOB Free On Board, where ownership of goods shipped transfers
FOB Freight On Board, usually specifies a net cost/charge
FOB Friend of Bill (Clinton)
FOB Foe of Bill (Gates)
FOCUS Flexible Optical Control Unit Stimulator
FOE Friends Of Earth
FOI Field of Interest
FOMC Federal Open Market Committee
FOP Factory Order Processing
FOP Friend of the Palace (British)
FOP Formatting-Object Parser
FORD Fix Or Repair Daily
FORD Found On Road Dead
FORTH FORmula THreader
FORTRAN FORmula TRANslation (scientific programming language)
FOS Fundamental Operating System
FOX Financial Online eXecutive
FP Financial Planner
FP Flat Pack (2 sided gull wing leads)
FP Floating Point
FPA Floating Point Accelerator, usually an add-on SPU card
FPGA Field-Programmable Gate Arrays
FPLA Field Programmable Logic Array
FPM Field Production Management
FpML Financial Products Markup Language
FPO Fleet Post Office
FPROM Field Programmable ROM
FPSD Ford Parts and Service Division
FPT Fine Pitch Technology (SMT-3)
FRB Federal Reserve Board (The Feds)
FRG Federal Republic of Germany (was W. Germany, now all Germany)
FRI Fast Rate Input
FRIC Frame Relay Interface Card
FRO For Reference Only
FRS Federal Relay Service
FRU Field Replaceable Unit
FSA Flexible Spending Account
FSBO (pron. "fisbo") For Sale By Owner
FSE Foreign Service Employee, visiting temporarily from another country
FSF Free Software Foundation
FSK Frequency Shift Keying
FSL Field Stocking Location
FSLIC Federal Savings and Loans Insurance Company
FSN Full Service Network
FSP Financial Service Provider
FSP Full Service Provider, c.f. ASP, ISP
FSTC Financial Services Technology Consortium
FT1 Fractional T1
FTAM File Transfer Access Mechanism
FTAM File Transfer, Access, and Management
FTC Federal Trade Commission
FTE Full Time Equivalent
FTIR Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy
FTM Functional Test Manager, software for Series 200/300
FTP File Transfer Protocol, user level networking standard
FTS Federal Telecommunications System
FTS Financial Transaction Switch
FTS Follow The Sun (7 x 24 systems support)
FTTO First Time Turn On
FTTOR First Time Turn On Rate
FTX Fault-Tolerant UNIX system-based operating system.
FTZ FernmeldeTechnisches Zentralant
FUBAR Fouled Up Beyond All Recognition (WWII variation on SNAFU)
FUBB Fouled Up Beyond Belief (var. of SNAFU)
FUD Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt
FUMTU Fouled Up More Than Ususal (var. of SNAFU)
FUNACK FUNctional ACKnowledgment message, EDIFACT
FWD Fast Wide Differential, SCSI
FWIW For What It's Worth
FX Foreign eXchange
FX sort of acronym for "special effects" (film)
FY Fiscal Year
FYA Furniture You Assemble
FYE Fiscal Year End
FYI For your information