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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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At the same time, it is a fact that most minicomputer programs are old; they were written many years ago and have been mostly retrofitted and patched.
To continue operations on a minicomputer, Aines's department would have had to convert to an updated software package, which along with extra hardware would have cost at least $150,000, plus $15,000 annually for software maintenance.
A second difficulty was the limited flexibility of the minicomputers.
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.
Some data are measured off-line: RRIM glass content of sampled parts is measured in the q-c lab and sent to the minicomputer from a lab terminal.
Tarantino said the reduction will affect the engineering, manufacturing and support personnel primarily involved in the minicomputer memory business.
Minicomputers, now that workstation, PCs, and laptops are so powerful, these machines -- in effect, smaller mainframes -- are hard pressed to offer competitive performance at an attractive price.
The Biscom line includes five servers -- computers dedicated to fax communications -- ranging in price from $4,995 to $32,960 and a variety of boards, peripherals and software packages to provide compatibility with most LANs, mainframes and minicomputers on the market today.
Diefendorff began his career in 1975 at Texas Instruments, where he spent 13 years designing processors for minicomputers and workstations.
was known for its development of the Naked Mini line of minicomputers.
Originally, these products and services were provided on proprietary platforms using IBM and Hewlett Packard mainframes and minicomputers.
His background includes hardware, software and operating system design for minicomputers and microprocessor systems.

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