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A PDP-11, model 40, a 16-bit minicomputer from 1973

A minicomputer is a type of computer that possesses most of the features and capabilities of a large computer but is smaller in physical size.[1]

A minicomputer fills the space between the mainframe and microcomputer, and is smaller than the former but larger than the latter. It also has a computer terminal to operate the computer.

Minicomputers are mainly used as small or mid-range servers operating business and scientific applications. However, the use of the term minicomputer has diminished and has merged with servers.

A minicomputer may also be called a mid-range computer.

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  1. Estabrooks, Maurice (1995). Electronic technology, corporate strategy, and world transformation. Internet Archive. Westport, Conn. : Quorum Books. ISBN 978-0-313-00850-4.