The first computers to be sold in the computer industry were called mainframes.

Minicomputers were cheaper an smaller versions of the mainframes.

The first minicomputer appeared in the mid-1960’s. They preceded the even smaller microcomputers or home computers that appeared in the early 1980s. Minicomputers and microcomputers should not be confused.

List of Minicomputers Models

Minicomputer Models featured on this post:

  • PDP-11
  • MicroVAX


PDP-11 was a 16-bit microcomputer developed by Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC).

It was one of the most popular microcomputers.


MicroVAX was the successor of PDP-11. It was also developed by DEC.

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