analog computer


Definition of analog computer

: a computer that operates with numbers represented by directly measurable quantities (such as voltages or rotations) — compare digital computer, hybrid computer

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His voting machine—essentially an analog computer—recognized if the voter was a man or a woman and allowed them to vote accordingly. David Kindy, Smithsonian, "The Voting Machine That Displayed Different Ballots Based on Your Sex," 26 June 2019 The award will fund research that examines how computationally intensive engineering and physics problems can be solved more quickly using new types of analog computers for electromagnetic, magnetohydrodynamic and fluid mechanic applications. Megan Becka,, "Ocius Technologies, the University of Akron receive $1.5M research grant," 11 June 2017 Memory as an analog computer Phase change memory is based on materials that can take two different forms as a solid. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Who needs a CPU? Phase change memory acts as an analog computer," 26 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of analog computer

1948, in the meaning defined above

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