a mid-sized digital computer; at any given point in the development of computer technology, a minicomputer will be faster and have greater capacity than a microcomputer, but will be slower and have less capacity than a mainframe computer.
1. A digital computer that is functionally intermediate between a microcomputer and a mainframe. 2. An intermediate-size computer that can perform the same kinds of applications as a mainframe but has less storage capacity, processing power, and speed than a mainframe.
A computing device that is typically more powerful than a PC, but less powerful than a mainframe, and is therefore often referred to as "midrange." A minicomputer can support multiple users. See midrange.
Refers to "mini" mainframe computers that are a step smaller than a large corporate mainframe. They were once popular in small businesses that couldn't afford real mainframes, but now you only find reference to them in free subscription surveys for computer industry print magazines, or in some college campus or large business networks.
A smaller, less powerful computer than a mainframe designed to serve a small number of applications to multiple users. The first real minicomputer was the DEC PDP-1 series. Other popular minicomputers included the AS/400 and the VAX.
Historically, a class of computers that fit into a niche between the mainframe and the personal computer. Minicomputers were actually affordable for universities and smaller research institutions. Most minicomputer companies failed to adapt well to the challenges posed by ever-more powerful personal computers and workstations.
A medium sized computer, usually fitting within a single cabinet, serving the needs of multiple users within a small organizational unit. Has more memory and a higher execution speed than a microcomputer. Also referred to as a workstation or midrange.
Minicomputer (colloquially, mini) is a largely obsolete term for a class of multi-user computers which make up the middle range of the computing spectrum, in between the largest multi-user systems (traditionally, mainframe computers) and the smallest single-user systems (microcomputers or personal computers). More modern terms for such machines include midrange systems (common in IBM parlance), workstations (common in Sun Microsystems and general UNIX/Linux parlance), and servers.