minicomputer


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min·i·com·put·er

 (mĭn′ē-kəm-pyo͞o′tər)
n.
A mid-sized computer, usually fitting within a single cabinet about the size of a refrigerator, that has less memory than a mainframe.

minicomputer

(ˌmɪnɪkəmˈpjuːtə)
n
(Computer Science) a small comparatively cheap digital computer

min•i•com•put•er

(ˈmɪn i kəmˌpyu tər)

n.
a computer with processing and storage capabilities smaller than those of a mainframe but larger than those of a microcomputer.
[1965–70]

minicomputer

A small-sized computer with limited memory and a few peripheral devices.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.minicomputer - a digital computer of medium sizeminicomputer - a digital computer of medium size  
digital computer - a computer that represents information by numerical (binary) digits
Translations

minicomputer

[ˌmɪnɪkəmˈpjuːtəʳ] Nminicomputadora f, miniordenador m (Sp)

minicomputer

[ˌmɪnikəmˈpjuːtər] nmini-ordinateur m

minicomputer

[ˌmɪnɪkəmˈpjuːtəʳ] nminielaboratore m, minicomputer m inv
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In the old days, minicomputer user's choices were limited to using relatively small removable disk and open reel tape (first 1600bpi & then 6250bpi drives).
I think digitization and digital distribution [are] going to change the order, and, yes, there is going to be unhappiness, just like there was unhappiness in the computer industry watching the new upstarts--the minicomputer and personal computer makers--take a lion's share of the revenue pie.
Revenues declined in its minicomputer selling program, marine engineering and shipbuilding.
Because of its online orientation and low cost, the minicomputer can also do transaction processing, but on a smaller scale than the IBM mainframes.
That gap is due to the fact that in industry more than half of the computers are workstations networked off a minicomputer or a mainframe.
In fact, he compared Internet's development to the history of a minicomputer operating system called UNIX in the mid-80s.
You could buy a minicomputer for a corporate department or big enough business, or you could buy some personal computers.
The advent of powerful inexpensive minicomputer systems in the 1970s spurred the development of integrated library systems, although early efforts using minicomputers focused on single functions such as circulation and serials control.
My company, Data Consultants, got on the minicomputer bandwagon as well.
Our computer has [roughly] the power of a mid-60s minicomputer," Jordan notes.
The price to set up an additional PC on a network is approximately $1,500 to $2,000 ($1,200 for the PC plus associated connection costs to the network); the cost for a "dumb" minicomputer terminal is approximately $350 to $500.
The manufacturer of the accounting software SPI used on the minicomputer determined the product was outdated and decided to no longer support it.

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