Understanding Minicomputer

Variation A

A computer with processing and storage
capabilities smaller than those of a
mainframe but larger than those of a
microcomputer, utilized by small businesses,
in manufacturing processes, in scientific
research, etc.

Variation B

A mid-sized computer, usually fitting
within a single cabinet about the size of
a refrigerator, that has less memory than
a mainframe.

Variation C

A midsized computer. In size and power,
minicomputers lie between workstations and
mainframes. In the past decade, the distinction
between large minicomputers and small mainframes
has blurred, however, as has the distinction
between small minicomputers and workstations.
But in general, a minicomputer is a multiprocessing
system capable of supporting from 4 to about 200
users simultaneously.

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