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  Microcomputer - MSN Encarta
Microcomputer, desktop- or notebook-size computing device that uses a microprocessor as its central processing unit, or CPU (see Computer).
More recently the distinction between microcomputers and large, mainframe computers (as well as the smaller mainframe-type systems called minicomputers) has become blurred, as newer microcomputer models have increased the speed and data-handling capabilities of their CPUs into the 32-bit, multiuser range.
Microcomputers were made possible by two technical innovations in the field of microelectronics: the integrated circuit, or IC, which was developed in 1959; and the microprocessor, which first appeared in 1971.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761558683/Microcomputer.html   (775 words)

  
 Microcomputer Therapy Apparatus for Acupuncture Massage
Xiaohuatuo microcomputer therapy apparatus is a computerized acupuncture and massage device.
Simply applying the self-adhesive-pads to acupuncture point, or a reflection area for certain organs, the microcomputer therapy apparatus gives you the same effect of Chinese acupuncture and massage therapy.
Therefore it regulates the physiological activity of the meridian channels and collateral, by balancing the "Yin and Yang", adjusting the "Qi and blood" and preventing pathological changes.
www.cgcmall.com /Microcomputer_p/el00yc81c.htm   (938 words)

  
  College of Arts and Science Microcomputer Labs
Use of the Microcomputer Laboratories is governed by the
Patrons may purchase blank diskettes at the Bookstore or at the reception desk or station.
The Microcomputer Labs is participating in the campus wide VUprint program.
www.vanderbilt.edu /cas/computers/usage   (464 words)

  
  Microcomputer controlled demand/scheduled water softener - Patent 4490249
The power supply common terminal is also coupled to the microcomputer pin EA to assure that during microcomputer operation, all memory accesses by the internal arithmetic logic unit in response to periodic timing signals from the internal master oscillator are made from the internal random access and read only memories of the microcomputer.
Once the microcomputer 58 has determined that it is not operating in the self test mode, the microcomputer examines the conduction state of switch 81 to determine whether or not the incoming a.c.
When the microcomputer has determined that the power frequency is not 50 H.sub.z or if the power frequency is 50 H.sub.z but 8 days have not elapsed since the previous regeneration, then the microcomputer proceeds to execute step 334 to calculate the total treating capacity of resin bed 14 in gallons.
www.freepatentsonline.com /4490249.html   (9916 words)

  
  Microcomputer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In common usage, "microcomputer" has been largely supplanted by the description "personal computer" (PC) which describes the fact that it has been designed to be used by one person at a time, unlike mainframes and minicomputers.
At the turn of the century 30 years later, microcomputers in embedded systems (built into home appliances, vehicles, and all sorts of equipment) most often are 8-bit, 16-bit, 32-bit, or 64-bit.
The first generation of microcomputers, for engineering development and hobbyist personal use, was launched in the mid-1970s; the MITS Altair being the most well-known example.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Microcomputer   (705 words)

  
 Variable cycle-time microcomputer - Patent 4509120
Microcomputers are devices which are designed having a number of input and output leads and the ability to carry out tasks through the execution of user provided instructions.
A microcomputer is designed having access cycle sequence timing tailored to the requirements of a particular user's peripheral devices through execution of a single instruction.
While this embodiment envisions the user supplying the parameter during the operation of the microcomputer, it is certainly possible to place the value in the microcomputer during manufacture either on a permanent or semi-permanent manner.
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 * Microcomputer - (Computing): Definition
A microcomputer is a complete on a smaller scale and is generally a synonym for the more common term, or, a computer designed for an individual.
microcomputer: A computer (a) in which the processing unit is a microprocessor and (b) that usually consists of a microprocessor, a storage unit, an input channel, and an output channel, all of which may be on one chip.
(Microcomputer) When desktop computers first appeared in the 1970 they were often called microcomputers later shortened to micro to distinguish them from the so-called minicomputers of the day which far from sitting on a desk were a good deal bigger...
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 Microcomputer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Generally, a microcomputer is a general-purpose computer that can only have a single user using it at a time.
Microcomputer has at its heart a small central processing unit, also known as a microprocessor; the microprocessor does most of the job of calculating and the manipulation of data that all computers do.
There are also other devices that make up a complete microcomputer system, such as its power supply, and various input/output devices that are used to convey information to and from a human operator (printers, moniters, human interface devices).
www.wikiverse.org /microcomputer   (488 words)

  
 SIMPLIFIED MICROCOMPUTER RESET CIRCUIT
In a typical microcomputer reset circuit, one or more of the microcomputer's outputs are monitored to determine if a hardware reset should be invoked, and if so, to generate repetitive resets until normal microcomputer output is detected.
The inherent hysteresis of the microcomputer's RESET input is used in place of the hysteresis formerly provided by the comparator circuit, and an additional high/low port of the microcom- puter is used to replace the output of the comparator circuit.
The use of the additional microcomputer port as a high/low port is possible since the microprocessor, while in the reset state, places the port in a high impedance state.
www.priorartdatabase.com /IPCOM/000005950   (313 words)

  
 Lesson 1: Chapter 1-Computer Parts
In summary, a microcomputer consists of a central processing unit that accepts data from an input device, processes the data, and then sends it to an output device.
Output from a microcomputer can also be sent to a plotter, which creates its image by drawing on paper with a felt tip pen.
Microcomputers are made possible by advances in electronics that led to the development of large scale integrated circuits.
oregonstate.edu /instruct/ch490/lessons/lesson1_files/chap1.html   (2960 words)

  
 Game microcomputer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
A further object of the invention is the provision of a game microcomputer which corrects for illegal moves by storing the time of each move event in its memory and recalling and displaying the correct data prior to the illegal move.
Yet another object of the present invention is the provision of a game microcomputer in which the number of moves of each player of a game may be stored and displayed upon command and which number and display for each player may be adjusted or corrected to a new number.
A yet further object of the present invention is to provide a game microcomputer with a keyboard input and which produces a warning indication when improper data and control keys on the keyboard are depressed and further prevents the resulting improper data and control instructions from being entered from the keyboard.
www.sacnewsmonthly.com /invent/cart_caster/game_microcomputer.html   (7582 words)

  
 Microcomputer: Tutte le informazioni su Microcomputer su Encyclopedia.it   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Microcomputer: Tutte le informazioni su Microcomputer su Encyclopedia.it
Un microcomputer è un computer generalmente dotato di un singolo microprocessore (µP), di costo abbastanza limitato da poter essere acquistato e utilizzato da un singolo utente, inoltre occupa generalmente poco spazio.
La maggior parte dei microcomputer sono adatti ad essere utilizzati da un un singolo utente per volta anche se alcuni PC e workstation con il sistema operativo adatto possno supportare più utenti contemporaneamente.
www.encyclopedia.it /m/mi/microcomputer.html   (333 words)

  
 In re Microcomputer Technology Institute, Dkt. No. 94-88-SA
In this respect, Microcomputer contends that it may calculate the cost of attendance for its incarcerated students based, in part, on an amount for tuition and fees normally charged to the school's non-incarcerated students.
Regarding Microcomputer's argument that the institution may charge an allowance for living expenses, supplies, and books as elements of its cost of attendance, I am convinced that the rule followed in Chenier is correct.
Although Microcomputer designated $1,700 and $1,800 as an allowance for expenses in its calculation of the incarcerated students' cost of attendance, the Department's Office of Inspector General reviewed Microcomputer's records and determined that the incarcerated students' actual expenditures for the 22 week academic year totaled approximately $155.
www.ed-oha.org /cases/1994-88-sa.html   (1470 words)

  
 BBC Microcomputer - Hutchinson encyclopedia article about BBC Microcomputer
Microcomputer developed in 1982 in the UK by Acorn for use in a BBC computer literacy project.
The BBC Micro was a highly advanced microcomputer for its time, with full support for disk drives and network connection.
This information should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional.
encyclopedia.farlex.com /BBC+Microcomputer   (205 words)

  
 Statistical Policy Working Paper 14 - Workshop on Statistical Uses of Microcomputers in Federal Agencies
In the same sense tnat a microcomputer is a useful tool to use with a project management package, It is also used and useful for keeping track of one's personal calendar and the -14- ordinary flow of activities through the division.
While the first panel discussion focused on.how agencies use microcomputers within their own internal environments, this session deals with the impact of microcomputers on users of federal agencies' data and the possibilities for agencies to make information available for microcomputer users (that is, dissemination of data using floppy discs or through telecommunications).
The boom in microcomputer usage in the areas of statistical and economic analyses is due in large part to the many advantages micros have over mini and mainframe computers.
www.fcsm.gov /working-papers/wp14.html   (16753 words)

  
 Microcomputer | World of Invention
The types and speed of a microcomputer's operations are determined largely by its CPU, the random access memory available to the CPU, the programmed instructions sent to the CPU (software), and the accessories coordinated by the CPU (peripherals).
For this reason, microcomputer speed is determined mainly by the processing speed of its CPU, and by the speed with which the peripherals serve the needs of the CPU.
Microcomputers were made possible by a series of increasingly miniature electronic inventions using naturally occurring elements such as silicon and germanium.
www.bookrags.com /research/microcomputer-woi   (1176 words)

  
 Defining the Microcomputer as an Enduser Tool   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
A microcomputer is a digital computer which uses a microprocessor chip as its central control unit (termed the "processor").
Non-technically, the microcomputer has been described as a "small" computer (which fits on a desktop) with only one or two processor chips, limited speed and memory compared to mainframes, and used mostly by one individual at a time.
The microcomputer is often referred to as the PC because of the single-user characteristic and the fact that the applications performed on the microcomputer tend to be more interactive and less complex than those performed on larger computers.
www.csulb.edu /~jostrow/section3.htm   (643 words)

  
 Microcomputer Technology   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
An example of the consequences of not fully comprehending microcomputer technology and its power is the "tunnel vision" to which many new computer users fall prey.
The manager who supervises individuals using microcomputers must not only understand his or her own uses of the microcomputer, but also the applications being undertaken by those being supervised.
Even microcomputer training may be narrowly construed so that the focus is on the specific commands and syntax of a package, rather than on the general problem-solving capacity of microcomputer software.
www.csulb.edu /~jostrow/section2.htm   (352 words)

  
 Local area networks - enhancing microcomputer productivity.
A microcomputer attached to the LAN, commonly referred to as a workstation, is able to share hardware, software, and data with other microcomputers.
A major limitation of stand-alone microcomputer systems is their inability to share and cooperate in data processing tasks.
However, microcomputer usage is constrained by the limited abiality of the microcomputer to communicate and share data processing resources and tasks with other computer systems.
www.nysscpa.org /cpajournal/old/07734688.htm   (2298 words)

  
 Microcomputer Summary
No longer were microcomputers to remain solely within the realm of the technically inclined; for the first time they offered more general users a means of automating very labor-intensive tasks and were truly becoming a business tool.
In common usage, "microcomputer" has been largely supplanted by the description "personal computer" (PC) which describes the fact that it has been designed to be used by one person at a time, unlike mainframes and minicomputers.
The first generation of microcomputers, for engineering development and hobbyist personal use, was launched in the mid-1970s; the MITS Altair being the most well-known example.
www.bookrags.com /Microcomputer   (2947 words)

  
 microcomputer - a definition from Whatis.com
A microcomputer is a complete computer on a smaller scale and is generally a synonym for the more common term, personal computer or PC, a computer designed for an individual.
A microcomputer contains a microprocessor (a central processing unit on a microchip), memory in the form of read-only memory and random access memory, I/O ports and a bus or system of interconnecting wires, housed in a unit that is usually called a motherboard.
An embedded systems programming computer, which is embedded in something and doesn't support direct human interaction but nevertheless meets all the other criteria of a microcomputer
whatis.techtarget.com /definition/0,,sid9_gci212566,00.html   (265 words)

  
 Microcomputer Engineering Homepage
Microcomputer Engineering is intended for use in a first course in microcomputers and microprocessors.
Many practicing engineers who develop products using the Motorola 68HC11 chip have praised Microcomputer Engineering.
Microcomputer Engineering is most useful to those with background in digital logic circuits and some understanding of electronics.
www.prenhall.com /miller_microcomputer   (551 words)

  
 What is microcomputer? - A Word Definition From the Webopedia Computer Dictionary
The term microcomputer is generally synonymous with personal computer (PC), or a computer that depends on a microprocessor.
Microcomputers are designed to be used by individuals, whether in the form of PCs, workstations or notebook computers.
A microcomputer contains a central processing unit (CPU) on a microchip (the microprocessor), a memory system (typically read-only memory and random access memory), a bus system and I/O ports, typically housed in a motherboard.
www.webopedia.com /TERM/M/microcomputer.html   (95 words)

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