Minicomputers were cheaper an smaller versions of the mainframes.

The first minicomputer appeared in the mid-1960’s. They preceded the smaller microcomputers that appeared in the early 1980s.

Minicomputers should not be confused with microcomputers, that were even smaller computer devices that were also called home computers.

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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