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Saturday, January 15, 2011

What is the difference between a microcomputer and a minicomputer?

Microcomputer

Minicomputer

A microcomputer is a standard

desktop computer used at a

home and in business.

Minicomputers are mid-sized

computer used in universities,

research labs and small corporations.

A microcomputer is a computer

with a microprocessor as its CPU.

Minicomputers are faster than

microcomputers.

They are cheap, compact and can

be easily accommodated on a

study table.

They are expensive and larger than

microcomputer.

Microcomputer is a single-user

computer.

Minicomputer is a multi-user

computer.

The two most common types of

storage devices used with

microcomputers are tapes and

disks.

For secondary storage, most

minicomputers use magnetic disks

or tapes.

Microcomputer is not powerful

or as fast as minicomputer

Minicomputer is powerful than

microcomputer but not as super

computer and mainframe computer.

Examples are- Modern computers

like desktop, laptop etc.

Examples are- IBM 9375,

Motorola 68040 etc.

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