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The essentials of Computer Organization and Architecture

The Essentials Of Computer Organization And Architecture

Authors:
Linda Null ,julia Lobur
Exercise:
Review Of Essential Terms And Concepts
Chapter:
Introduction
Edition:
3
ISBN:
9780763704445
Question:
16

 

Question

What is it about the transistor that made it such a great improvement over the vacuum tube?

Answer

The transistor was many times smaller than the vacuum tube meaning that many more of them could be wired into series so that a computer with twice the computing power could be for to eight times smaller than a computer using vacuum tubes. It also made it possible for handheld radios and personal computers. Tv's became half the size as well. With the invention of the integrated transistor in a circuit board, the computing power to size took another huge leap.

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