General Purpose Computers and Special Purpose Computers

Q22. What are general purpose computers and special purpose computers?

Ans. General-purpose Computer

General-purpose computer is the one that can work on different types of programs input to it and thus be used in countless applications. The programs are not permanently stored but are input at the time of execution. These computers are very versatile.

Special-purpose Computer

Special-purpose computer is the one that is designed to perform a specific task. The instructions (programs) to carry out the task are permanently stored in the machine. For the specific tasks, this type of computer works efficiently but such computers are not versatile.

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