5 Generations of Computers

Ms. Ceejay Jader


FIRST GENERATION 1940-1956: Vacuum Tubes a glass tube surrounding a vacuum (an area from which all gases have been removed). What makes it interesting is that when electrical contacts are put on the ends. you can get a current to flow though that vacuum. Thomas Edison noticed this first in 1883 2 .

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and they could only solve one problem at a time. Census Bureau in 1951.S. and output was displayed on printouts. the U. The UNIVAC was the first commercial computer delivered to a business client.ENIAC First generation computers relied on machine language to perform operations. Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer 4 . UNIVAC and ENIAC computers are examples of first-generation computing devices. Input was based on punched cards and paper tape.

Second-generation computers moved from cryptic binary machine language to symbolic. These were also the first computers that stored their instructions in their memory. or assembly. it was a vast improvement over the vacuum tube. The transistor was invented in 1947 but did not see widespread use in computers until the late 50s. languages. which allowed programmers to specify instructions in words. more energy-efficient and more reliable than their first-generation predecessors. Second-generation computers still relied on punched cards for input and printouts for output. allowing computers to become smaller. cheaper. faster. such as early versions of COBOL and FORTRAN. High-level programming languages were also being developed at this time.Second Generation 1956-1963: Transistors Replaced vacuum tubes and ushered in the second generation of computers. which moved from a magnetic drum to magnetic core technology. The first computers of this generation were developed for the atomic energy industry 5 . Though the transistor still generated a great deal of heat that subjected the computer to damage. The transistor was far superior to the vacuum tube.

Third Generation 1964-1971: Integrated Circuits Transistors were miniaturized and placed on silicon chips. Computers for the first time became accessible to a mass audience because they were smaller and cheaper than their predecessors 6 . called semiconductors. users interacted with third generation computers through keyboards and monitors and interfaced with an operating system. which allowed the device to run many different applications at one time with a central program that monitored the memory. which drastically increased the speed and efficiency of computers Instead of punched cards and printouts.

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Fourth generation computers also saw the development of GUIs. they could be linked together to form networks.Fourth Generation 1971-Present: Microprocessors Microprocessor brought the fourth generation of computers. which eventually led to the development of the Internet. As these small computers became more powerful. and in 1984 Apple introduced the Macintosh. Microprocessors also moved out of the realm of desktop computers and into many areas of life as more and more everyday products began to use microprocessors. the mouse and handheld devices. as thousands of integrated circuits were built onto a single silicon chip In 1981 IBM introduced its first computer for the home user. 8 .

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are still in development. The use of parallel processing and superconductors is helping to make artificial intelligence a reality. though there are some applications. based on artificial intelligence. though there are some applications. are still in development. ifth generation computing devices. 11 .Fifth Generation Present and Beyond: Artificial Intelligence Based on artificial intelligence. that are being used today. that are being used today. such as voice recognition. such as voice recognition. The goal of fifth-generation computing is to develop devices that respond to natural language input and are capable of learning and self-organization.

References www.pbs.org www.org www.computerhistory.il 12 .computermuseum.

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