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minicomputer

[min′ikəmpyoo͡′tər]
Etymology: L, minimum, smallest, computare, to calculate
a medium-sized computer, intermediate in size and processing capacity between a microcomputer and a mainframe computer. Compare mainframe computer, microcomputer.

minicomputer

An obsolete term for a computer with a speed and memory capacity between that of a microcomputer and a mainframe computer.
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Because of its online orientation and low cost, the minicomputer can also do transaction processing, but on a smaller scale than the IBM mainframes.
Online service providers currently offer Internet access as a kind of "stepbrother" that sits on top of their proprietary offerings, said Burnham, in the same way that minicomputer vendors were forced to offer UNIX.
If the majority of the minicomputer programs had been well structured with real databases, we would have seen much less erosion of their installed base over the past few years.
A LAN already linked several other SPI departments, so Aines converted to a LAN-based accounting program at one third the cost of installing new minicomputer software.
The lack of network-management functions on the minicomputers minicomputers prevented our Network Operations staff from defining the true nature of their data traffic.
Overhead crane users report 19% controlled by PlCs, 2% controlled by microcomputers, 4% controlled by minicomputers, and 75% with no computer control.
A firm was coded as surviving if it remained an independent producer of minicomputers from birth through the end of the study.
Dumb terminals can be purchased for considerably less than personal computers, and they can be linked to the minicomputer by telephone wire, which is cheaper than cable, McCalmont noted.
The architect of Digital's hugely successful VAX line of minicomputers in the 1970s, Bell said he joined Microsoft to ``continue to be a part of the next paradigm shift.
The following real-life case illustrates an example of how one firm moved from a single user microcomputer to a multi-user minicomputer and avoided both reprogramming and performing parallel testing for a lengthy period.
On the data-communications side, AMI used point-to-point communications lines between its minicomputers and terminals/workstations.
From there, it was just a matter of time until room-size mainframes evolved into third-generation minicomputers (beginning with the PDP-8, which sold for about $16,000 but had less computing power than a 21st century calculator).

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