microcomputer meaning

[ 'maikrəʊkəmpju:tə(r) ] Pronunciation:   "microcomputer" in a sentence
  • Noun: microcomputer  'mIkrowkum`pyootu(r)
    1. A small digital computer based on a microprocessor and designed to be used by one person at a time
      - personal computer, PC, micro

    Derived forms: microcomputers

    Type of: digital computer

    Encyclopedia: Microcomputer

  • [Business]
    AmE / (also micro) noun [C]

    (IT )

    a small computer that contains a microprocessor MAINFRAME, MINICOMPUTER

  • [Electronics]
    1. A computer contained within a single integrated circuit (IC). The simplest such devices perform elementary functions and are available for a few dollars. More sophisticated devices control radio receivers and transmitters, television sets, automobiles, aircraft, and robots. The most advanced devices can be programmed to provide electrical impulses to control erratically functioning body organs, move the muscles of paralyzed persons, and transcribe speech to writing or vice versa. Compare MICROPROCESSOR.
    2. In general, any small computer.

  • [Medicine]
    Small computers using LSI (large-scale integration) microprocessor chips as the CPU (central processing unit) and semiconductor memories for compact,inexpensive storage of program instructions and data. They are smaller and less expensive than minicomputers and are usually built into a dedicated system where they are optimized for a particular application. Microprocessor may refer to just the CPU or the entire microcomputer.

  • [Computer]
    A computer based on a microprocessor.

    Contrast with minicomputer, mainframe.


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  1. the processing section of our microcomputer is complete.
  2. in fact, since 1976, one-chip microcomputers are a reality.
  3. many microcomputers do allow you to directly address a memory address.
  4. status flags represent one of the simplest forms of microcomputer logic.
  5. to meet this goal, a microcomputer controlled hybrid powertrain was designed and built.

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