Microcomputers Case Study

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Define/Describe of Microcomputers:

Microcomputer is a complete computer designed for the individual (PC). The motherboard contains a microprocessor (CPU), Read-Only Memory and Random Access Memory, I/O ports and a bus (transmission path). Microcomputers are smaller in size than mainframes and minicomputers. (BusinessDictionary, n.d.)

Types & Description Models Functions Support Multiprocessing? Environment to Used
Personal computer

Affordable small devices designed to be use by one person at the time. (Bytes notes, 2013) HP Pavilion 500-242ea • Accepting data
• Processing data
• Displaying data
• Storing data Yes • Home,
• business,
• Networking,
• gaming,
• real time
Video game console

Device that output a video signal to display and
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It is a multiprocessing system capable to support up to 200 simultaneous users. Minicomputers stand-alone computers and are smaller in size than mainframes and bigger than the microcomputers. (Anon., 2014)

Types & Description Models Functions Support Multiprocessing? Environment to Used
Mid-range servers
Medium-sized computer that can handle large scale processing of Business and Scientific applications. (Bytes notes, 2013) ADM Opteron Servers • Multi-gigabytes of RAM and multi-terabytes of hard disk space
• Ideal for file/print server, firewall applications, mail server, web server for small business, server appliance, cluster node, etc. Yes • Business
• Networking,
• Real time
• Education
Workstations
Medium-sized computer used to power high CPU/RAM intensive software such as 3D design. It possesses high level of graphic capabilities. It is for a single user but it can be linked to other to form a local-area network. (Anon., 2014) SYS-5038AD-T • Gaming,

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