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DEFINITION: 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  … 
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PERSONAL COMPUTERS DEFINITION (continued): …  that is usually called a motherboard.In an ascending hierarchy of general computer sizes, we find: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 microcomputerMicrocomputerworkstation, as used to mean a more powerful personal computer for special applicationsminicomputer, now restyled a "mid-range server" mainframe or mainframe computer, which is now usually referred to by its manufacturers as a "large server"Supercomputer, formerly almost a synonym for "Cray supercomputer" … 
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