serial digital computer

serial digital computer

[′sir·ē·əl ′dij·əd·əl kəm′pyüd·ər]
(computer science)
A digital computer in which the digits are handled serially, although the bits that make up a digit may be handled either serially or in parallel.
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One reason for this is that the term computer is often wrongly interpreted to exclusively denote serial digital computers. But the PC, like the slide rule, is just one example of a device that makes computations.
13~, Kirk |1986~, but Lyngzeidetson accepts that it is applicable to serial digital computers of the 'von Neumann' type.