Types of computer (CfE)

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Types of computer (CfE)

  1. 2. Mainframe Computer Used to process large amounts of information quickly. Extremely large. <ul><li>Applications </li></ul><ul><li>Government departments </li></ul><ul><li>Airline industry </li></ul><ul><li>Weather forecasting </li></ul><ul><li>Commerce (banks) </li></ul>
  2. 3. Mainframe Computer Users connect to the mainframe via a dumb terminal which has no processor or memory.
  3. 4. Desktop Computer Used by an individual at work, school or home. <ul><li>Applications </li></ul><ul><li>Word processing </li></ul><ul><li>Graphics </li></ul><ul><li>Database </li></ul><ul><li>Spreadsheet </li></ul><ul><li>Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul><ul><li>Games </li></ul><ul><li>etc. </li></ul>
  4. 5. Laptop Computer Same applications as a desktop computer, but it is portable. Similar processors, memory and backing storage as found in a desktop computer. Generally laptop computers have a slightly lesser specification than desktop models. The price of an average laptop = much more powerful desktop.
  5. 6. Palmtop Computer / PDA Used by an individual while on the move. Also know as PDAs (Personal Desktop Assistants) or Handheld Computers . <ul><li>Applications </li></ul><ul><li>Word processing </li></ul><ul><li>Sketchpad </li></ul><ul><li>Diary </li></ul><ul><li>Notes </li></ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul><ul><li>Database </li></ul><ul><li>Spreadsheet </li></ul><ul><li>etc. </li></ul>
  6. 7. Smartphones and Tablets Since the launch of the iPhone in 2007, the line between palmtops and mobile phones has blurred. A mobile phone which can surf the net and run other applications is known as a Smartphone . In 2010 Apple launched the iPad heralding another new category of device – the Tablet .
  7. 8. Embedded Computer Used to control dedicated systems.
  8. 9. Credits <ul><li>S2-3 Curriculum for Excellence – Types of Computer </li></ul><ul><li>M. Cunningham, Forrester High School 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>All images licenced under Creative Commons 3.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Mainframe Computer by Dave Winer (scrtiptingnews on Flickr) </li></ul><ul><li>IBM Mainframes by Tom Purves </li></ul><ul><li>Apple Keyboard by Declan Jewell </li></ul><ul><li>TT2 Laptop by KIE HPI </li></ul><ul><li>ESOM270_eSOM300_Computer_on_Modules by Lakshmin </li></ul><ul><li>LG Washing Machine by LGEPR </li></ul><ul><li>Sharp Carousel Microwave by Chris Kelly </li></ul><ul><li>BMW 750Li by Paul Tan </li></ul>

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