mini·​com·​put·​er | \ ˌmi-nē-kəm-ˈpyü-tər How to pronounce minicomputer (audio) \

Definition of minicomputer

: a small computer that is intermediate between a microcomputer and a mainframe in size, speed, and capacity, that can support time-sharing, and that is often dedicated to a single application

Examples of minicomputer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To demonstrate his technique, Wouters assembled a breadbox-sized device that includes a Raspberry Pi minicomputer, a secondhand Model X BCM, a key fob, a power converter, and a battery. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "This Bluetooth Attack Can Steal a Tesla Model X in Minutes," 23 Nov. 2020 The missilelike attack of the desktop computer wounded minicomputer-makers. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "I Have No Idea What You Corporate People Are Talking About," 10 Aug. 2020 Similarly, the first personal computers were basically toys compared to the existing minicomputers and mainframes. Michael Mandel, STAT, "The Covid-19 pandemic could mark the beginning of the ‘biotech century’," 27 Apr. 2020 This collaboration helped Wipro launch their minicomputers in India in 1981. Rohini Krishnamurthy, Quartz India, "How India’s premier science institute fired up Wipro’s growth as an IT giant," 5 Jan. 2020 For instance, in the early '60s, Bill Ninke, a researcher in acoustics, had demonstrated a rudimentary graphical user interface with a DEC PDP-7 minicomputer. Richard Jensen, Ars Technica, "Unix at 50: How the OS that powered smartphones started from failure," 29 Aug. 2019 Hear about biodigestors and their role in addressing global energy issues, and work as a team to build a minicomputer to monitor the conditions in your energy system. National Geographic, "Engineering and Robotics High School Workshop on the MIT Campus," 12 June 2019 From the early 1970s through the 1980s, companies like IBM , Digital Equipment Corp. and Apple used mainframes, minicomputers and eventually PCs to make companies—and the first technologically adept superstar workers—more productive. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Where You Should Move to Make the Most Money: America’s Superstar Cities," 15 Dec. 2018 Smartphones are technically minicomputers, giving their owners the ability to download interactive apps and games in a push of a button. Popular Mechanics, "This Tiny Console Is a Great Gift for Retro Gamers," 7 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of minicomputer

1967, in the meaning defined above

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“Minicomputer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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