What are the characteristics of Third Generation Computers?

Third generation (1965 - 1971):

Use of integrated circuits (IC) started the third generation of computer which reduced the size, price, use of electricity etc. IC also facilitates speed and reliability of computers. Development of IC enabled organizing the whole central processing unit in single chip. Use of monitor also started in this generation. Operating system was improved to a new level and high speed line printers were in use. Followings are some of the characteristics of third generation. 

Characteristics of Third Generation Computers:

  1. Use of IC
  2. Semi-conductor memory
  3. Reduction in size
  4. Improved operations and dependability
  5. Use of mini computers
  6. Use of monitors and line printers
Examples: IBM 360, IBM 370, PDP-11 etc.


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