microcomputer


mi·cro·com·put·er

noun \ˈmī-krō-kəm-ˌpyü-tər\

: a small computer

Full Definition of MICROCOMPUTER

1
:  a small computer usually equipped with a microprocessor; especially :  personal computer

First Known Use of MICROCOMPUTER

1963

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Rhymes with MICROCOMPUTER

microcomputer

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Small digital computers whose CPU is contained on a single integrated semiconductor chip. As large-scale and then very large-scale integration (VLSI) have progressively increased the number of transistors that can be placed on one chip, the processing capacity of microcomputers has grown immensely. The personal computer is the most common example of a microcomputer, but high-performance microcomputer systems are widely used in business, in engineering, and in “smart” machines in manufacturing. See also integrated circuit, microprocessor.

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