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SPECIAL PURPOSE COMPUTER [1 record]

Record 1 2015-05-01

English

Subject field(s)
  • Computers and Calculators
DEF

A computer designed to operate upon a restricted class of problems.

CONT

In the mid-1970s a few small computer companies began experimenting with microcomputers. Unlike large and medium-sized computers, they could be used by only one person at a time (a distinction no longer true today), and were thus referred to as dedicated computers.

OBS

special purpose computer: term and definition officially approved by the Government EDP (Electronic Data Processing) Standards Committee (GESC).

OBS

special purpose computer: term standardized by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA).

French

Domaine(s)
  • Ordinateurs et calculateurs
DEF

Ordinateur conçu en vue de traiter une classe limitée de problèmes.

OBS

ordinateur spécialisé : terme et définition uniformisés par le Comité des normes gouvernementales en informatique (CNGI).

OBS

ordinateur spécialisé : terme normalisé par l'Association canadienne de normalisation (CSA).

Spanish

Campo(s) temático(s)
  • Computadoras y calculadoras
DEF

Computadora (ordenador) diseñada para solucionar una clase específica, o una estrecha gama de problemas.

OBS

Contrasta con computadora de uso general (general purpose computer).

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