microcomputersmedical dictionary

Small computers using lsi (large-scale integration) microprocessor chips as the cpu (central processing unit) and semiconductor memories for compact, inexpensive storage of program instructions and data. They are smaller and less expensive than minicomputers and are usually built into a dedicated system where they are optimised for a particular application. "microprocessor" may refer to just the cpu or the entire microcomputer.

(12 Dec 1998)