Classification of Computers Lesson II
By the end of this lesson, you should be able to: Classify computers according to purpose Explain each of the category of computers above
Classification of computers according to purpose
According to purpose, computers are classified as:
General Purpose Computers
These refer to computers capable of performing a variety of tasks since they can store and execute different programs.
Special Purpose Computers
These are computers designed to perform a specific task. For example, a play station is used for playing graphic-intensive video games
Special-purpose computers are designed to serve a particular purpose or accomplish one particular task. Such computers can perform no other task except the one they were meant to do.
NB: Mobile Phones and calculators are also classified as special-purpose computers because they were made to perform one major task. i.e. phones meant for communication only and electronic calculators to carry out calculations only
Dedicated purpose computers
These computers are designed to perform a wide variety of tasks though they are committed to some processing tasks. I.e. the computer can be dedicated to carrying out word-processing tasks only.