A superminicomputer, or supermini, was “a minicomputer with high performance compared to ordinary minicomputers.” The term was an invention used from the mid-1970s[1] mainly to distinguish the emerging 32-bit minis from the classical 16-bit minicomputers.[2] The term is now largely obsolete but still remains of interest for students/researchers of computer history.

Significant superminis


  1. Koudela, J., Jr. (Nov 1973), "The past, present, and future of minicomputers: A scenario", Proceedings of the IEEE, 61 (11): 1526–1534, doi:10.1109/PROC.1973.9322
  2. Flowers, Jeff (Feb 1982), "The Use of the 32-Bit Minicomputer for Data Acquisition", IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, 29 (1): 927–931, doi:10.1109/TNS.1982.4335992

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