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general-purpose machine

See general-purpose computer.

general-purpose computer

Any computer-based device that accepts different applications. All mainframes, servers, laptop and desktop computers, smartphones and tablets are general-purpose devices. In contrast, chips can be designed from scratch for only a fixed number of tasks, but this is not cost effective in small quantities (see ASIC).

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