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Computers are now part of our everyday lives. We use it in education, business, hospitals, banks, government offices, and even home.

computer is an electronic device that can store, retrieve, and process data. Computers can perform complex or challenging tasks quickly, precisely, and reliably. 

Aside from the analog, digital and hybrid computers. We also have other types of computers based on their sizes and functionalities. We have Mainframe Computers, Minicomputers, Server Computers, Microcomputers, and Supercomputers.

3 Different types of computers based on the Principles of Operation

We have Analog Computers, Digital Computers, and Hybrid Computers

Analog computers work by measuring rather than counting, like measuring graphs, voltage, pressure, speed, and temperature. 

A thermometer used to check the temperature change is a good example of an analog computer, as it measures the length of Mercury in the column.

Another one is the speedometer found in your car to check your vehicle’s speed – a good indicator of whether you are driving at the right speed.

And even an analog clock is another example because the clock’s needle covers the distance of the dial continuously.

Next, we have Digital computers. These computers can handle more complex computations and process data at a higher speed. It can perform arithmetic operations like addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, and also logical operations.

Most of the computers available today are digital computers.

Digital computers are either GENERAL PURPOSE or SPECIAL PURPOSE. 

General-purpose computers are the computers commonly used today. An example of this type of computer is the personal computer that does various tasks like writing, browsing, word processing, and many others. 

On the other hand, special-purpose computers are used for specific tasks or to solve a particular problem. 

Some examples are ATM Machines, Automatic Washing Machines, and Digital Cameras.

Lastly, we have Hybrid Computers.

When you combine the best features of both analog and digital computers, you now call them Hybrid Computers.  The hybrid computer has the speed of an analog and the accuracy of the digital computer.

Hybrid computers are fast, reliable, and provide accurate results. One example is the petrol pump. It contains a processor that converts fuel flow measurements into quantity and price values.

In some hospitals, they have a machine called a Vital Signs Monitor. These machines precisely monitor and measure a patient’s blood pressure, temperature, heart, respiratory rate, and many others converted into digital form.

Aside from the analog, digital and hybrid computers. 

We also have other types of computers based on their sizes and functionalities. 

We have Mainframe Computers, Minicomputers, Server Computers, Microcomputers, and Supercomputers.

Aside from the analog, digital and hybrid computers. We also have other types of computers based on their sizes and functionalities. 

We have Mainframe Computers, Minicomputers, Server Computers, Microcomputers, and Supercomputers.

Microcomputers also come in different forms such as Desktops, Laptops, Netbooks, Tablet Computers, Personal Digital assistants, and wearable computers. 

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Sources: 

  • https://www.webster-dictionary.org/definition/Computer
        https://turbofuture.com/computers/Classification-Of-Computers-According-To-Size
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