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8 Examples of a Microcomputer

 , updated on October 28, 2017
A microcomputer is a compete server on a chip or single-board. They are small, energy efficient, inexpensive and output reasonably low heat. A microcomputer typically includes a microprocessor, graphics processing unit, network chips, memory and data storage. The following are common uses of microcomputers.

DIY

Do-it-yourself projects such as small robots or tools.

Low Tech

Low tech enthusiasts such as retro gamers.

Education

Use in classroom projects.

Developing Countries

Deployment of low-cost computers to improve quality of life and access to information in developing countries. For example, projects to give every student in an area a low-cost laptop. A microcomputer can cost less than $10.

IoT

Integration of computing intelligence to improve products, services, infrastructure and machines. For example, a bath tub that pours water to a preset level and automatically maintains the temperate to user preferences.

Data Centers

Replacing larger computing units in data centers with microservers that consume less space and power.

Microdatacenter

Hardware boxes with multiple microservers, power, cooling, networking and security that resemble a tiny data center. This has potential to disrupt the data center industry that is currently based on massive facilities. There is interest in situating microdatacenters where their heat is useful. For example, microdatacenters might be deployed as heaters for buildings.

Supercomputing

Using microcomputers as parts in a supercomputer.
Overview: Microcomputer
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A compete server-class computer on a single chip or board.
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