Computer Technology: The Impacts Of The Personal Computer

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Technology, a word that has made such an impact in our world today and will continue to do so for generations to come. One of the most common systems that has helped us grow and modified our economic and social well beings is the Personal computer or more commonly know as the PC. In 1975, according to Dan Knight - 2014.04.26, the first computer was invented, The MITS Altair 8800. Not as they are modernly know to us today, PC 's came as kits. The MITS Altair 8800 had a Central Processing Unit (CPU) of 8080 and other specifications as listed below in the table put together by Computer Systems Collections.

CPU:
S-100 card (MITS Intel 8080 card installed)
Memory:
S-100 card (4K RAM installed)
Operating System:
CP/M
Input/Output:
S-100
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Figure 13 : VGA Port Figure 14 : internal view of the Video Extension Port
Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) or a Wifi card is a hardware bus designed by Intel and used in both PCs and Macs according to Tech Term Dictionary. PCI slots are usually found in the back of your computer and are about 3.5" long and about 0.5" high.
Figure 15 : 108m Wireless PCI card After we removed the Universal Serial Bus extension (USB), video Extension and the 108m Wireless Peripheral Component Interconnect card (PCI) we were able to access the Motherboard to retrieve the Random Access Memory Card or more commonly known as the RAM. RAM is made up of small memory chips that form a memory module as mentioned by the Tech Terms Dictionary.The CPU we examined in the lab, contained a memory of 3GB of RAM, however this is not the limit as it differs on different CPU 's

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