multifunction peripheral (MFP)
A multifunction peripheral (MFP) is a device that performs a variety of functions that would otherwise be carried out by separate peripheral devices. As a rule, a multifunction peripheral includes at least two of the following:
- Digital copy machine: Creates copies digitally, by scanning and printing. In addition to scanning and printing, may include fax, sorter and office hardware, such as a stapler.
- Fax machine MFP: Looks like a normal fax but connects to a PC for data input/output, printing, scanning and copying.
- Printer/Scanner/Copier MFP: Performs all three functions and sometimes faxing as well.