Origin of the term minicomputer (was Re: PDP-1 as minicomputer

Sridhar Ayengar ploopster at gmail.com
Sat Aug 21 18:52:39 CDT 2010


Fred Cisin wrote:
> On Sat, 21 Aug 2010, William Donzelli wrote:
>> Pretty much, yes. I suppose the "youngest" mini architecture is the
>> RS/6000, since it originally was made of multiple gate arrays (seven
>> maybe?).
>
> ISTR the RS/6000 (68000?) being called a microcomputer.  But it was out of
> my price range.

RS/6000 isn't 68k based.  It's POWER-based.  The "R" in "RS/6000" stands 
for "RISC".

Peace...  Sridhar



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