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.
Contrast with mainframe and minicomputer.
A highly integrated chip that contains all the components comprising a controller. Typically this includes a CPU, RAM, some form of ROM, I/O ports, and timers. Unlike a general-purpose computer, which also includes all of these components, a microcontroller is designed for a very specific task — to control a particular system. As a result, […]
Developed by IBM and available in 1999, a microdrive is an extremely small hard disk that can fit in a CompactCard memory slot, enabling digital cameras designed to use CompactFlash memory cards to gain larger storage capabilities.
Also called a splitter or DSL filter, microfilter is a small device that plugs into the telephone cable that provides service on the premise. The microfilter, which is installed on-site by your provider, splits the telephone line into a normal RJ11 telephone line and an ADSL line which is then used by the ADSL modem […]
- microfloppy disk
)An old moniker for the small, 3.5-inch floppy disks. PCs support two types of microfloppies: double-density microfloppies hold 720K. high-density microfloppies can store 1.44MB (megabytes). For Macintosh computers, which have always used microfloppies, there are three sizes: Single-sided standard microfloppies hold 400K. Double-sided standard microfloppies hold 800 K. Double-sided, high-density microfloppies hold 1.44 megabytes.
Designed for “humans first, machines second”, microformat is an open source data format standard that is built upon existing frameworks (such as XML, HTML, Atom, or RSS). A microformat may be used in HTML pages through the use of microformat tags, which allow crawlers to find microformat information on the Web. Microformats are being actively […]