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1. forming or pertaining to an end.
2. a termination, end, or extremity, especially a nerve ending.
3. an input-output device that communicates with a computer and includes parts such as a keyboard and a printer.
dedicated terminal a terminal reserved for just one type of computer application.
dumb terminal a computer terminal capable both as an input device, sending data keyed in on the terminal keyboard, and as an output device, displaying data on a screen or printing it on paper. See also intelligent terminal.
intelligent terminal a computer terminal, or a microcomputer functioning as a terminal, that can process data files stored on mass storage devices (usually floppy disks). Such files may be either output files received from the host computer or input (command) files sent to the host computer. See also dumb terminal.
point of care terminal a computer terminal that serves as an input device to allow health professionals to enter data at the patient's bedside.
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Micom's new 16-channel Micro7400 protocol converter emulates all standard IBM 3270 functions, allowing personal computers and asynchronous ASCII terminals to access IBM mainframes as 3270-class devices for a price of less than $355 per channel.
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One of the InteNet packet controllers, the 3270 IPC, allows ASCII terminals to emulate IBM 3277 devices connected to an IBM or equivalent host.
Protocol converters became hot items in 1983 for two reasons: they can reduce the cost of a network by substituting standard asynchronous ASCII terminals, and especially printers, for more-expensive synchronous EBCDIC (extended binary-coded decimal exchange) devices; and their bridging and switching functions allow one communications network to interconnect different types of computers (sync and async) and to serve both with only one terminal per workstation.