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2 Mishqen College Department of ICT This Module Covers: Introducing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Basics of Computers Computer data representation and numbering System Basics of Data Communication Computer Networking Computer Hazards and Security

3 At the end of the module the learner will be able to: Understand the constituents of Information and Communication Technologies, familiarized with computer systems and application areas of IT and, link it with the subsequent vocational training modules. Mishqen College Department of ICT

4 This Module is related with all competencies found in the EOS ICT ITA S01 0108 Operate a personal computer ICT ITA S02 0108 Migrate to new technology ICT ITA S03 0108 Advice clients and provide first-level remote help desk support ICT ITA S04 0108 Protect computer hardware & application or system software ICT ITA S105 0108 Connect hardware peripherals ICT ITA S06 0108 Support system software ICT ITA S07 0108 Determine and take action client computing and network problems ICT ITA S08 0108 Implement maintenance procedures ICT ITA S09 0108 Maintain equipment and software in working order ICT ITA S10 0108 Install software applications ICT ITA S11 0108 Create technical documentations ICT ITA S12 0108 Record client support requirements ICT ITA S13 0108 Maintain inventories for equipment, software & documentation ICT ITA S14 0108 Apply problem solving techniques to routine malfunctions Mishqen College Department of ICT

5 Introducing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Introduction to Information Technology Information and Data Processing Basics of Information Systems Basics of Computer System Definition, Concepts, History and evolution of Computers Types of Computers Characteristics of Computers Application of Computers Computers and Hunan Beings The Computer System The Computer Hardware The Computer Software Mishqen College Department of ICT

6 Computer Data Representation and Numbering ystem Units of Data Representation The Numbering System Coding Systems (Schemes) Basics of Data Communication Overview of Data Communication Components of Data Communication System Basics Computer Networking Concepts and Importance of Computer Networking Types of Network Components of Network Network Architectures Basics Concepts of the Internet Basic Concepts of Intranet Versus Extranet Mishqen College Department of ICT

7 Network Layers, Protocols and Standards Computer Hazards and Security Physical Computer Hazards and Security Logical Computer Hazards and Security Computer Ethics Mishqen College Department of ICT


9 After the end of these Chapter, trainees will be able to: Define what computer is Understand the four basic computer operations Understand characteristics of computers Explain the computers evolution and their historical development Identify the different types of currently used computers Discuss the capabilities of computers Explain how data is organized Discuss the applications of computers Identify the limitation of computers Comparing human being with computers Mishqen College Department of ICT

10 What is Computer? Computer is electronic device, operating under the control of instructions stored in its own memory unit, which can accept data (input), manipulate the data according to special rules (process), produce information (output) from the processing, and store the results for future use. Computer is a collection of devices that function together as a system. Computer is an electronic data processing machine thats designed and organized to automatically accept and store data, process them, and produce output under the direction of a stored detailed step-by-step sets of instruction. Computer is a programmable electronic device. Computer is a system composed of hardware and software components. Mishqen College Department of ICT

11 The Origins Prehistoric man did not have the Internet, but it appears that he needed a way to count and make calculations. The limitations of the human bodys ten fingers and ten toes apparently caused early man to construct a tool to help with those calculations. Scientists now know that humankind invented an early form of computers. Their clue was a bone carved with prime numbers found in 8,500 BC. The abacus was the next leap forward in computing between 1000 BC and 500 BD. This apparatus used a series of moveable beads or rocks. The positions changed to enter a number and again to perform mathematical operations. Mishqen College Department of ICT

12 Leonardo DaVinci was credited with the invention of the worlds first mechanical calculator in 1500. In 1642, Blaise Pascals adding machine upstaged DaVincis marvel and moved computing forward again. In 19th century England, Charles Babbage, a mathematician, proposed the construction of a machine that he called the Babbage Difference Engine. It would not only calculate numbers, it would also be capable of printing mathematical tables. The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA (near San Diego) built a working replica from the original drawings. Visitors can see in the device in operation there. Unable to construct the actual device, he earned quite a few detractors among Englands literate citizens. However, Babbage made a place for himself in history as the father of computing. Mishqen College Department of ICT

13 Not satisfied with the machines limitations, he drafted plans for the Babbage Analytical Engine. He intended for this computing device to use punch cards as the control mechanism for calculations. This feature would make it possible for his computer to use previously performed calculations in new ones. Babbages idea caught the attention of Ada Byron Lovelace who had an undying passion for math. She also saw possibilities that the Analytical Machine could produce graphics and music. She helped Babbage move his project from idea to reality by documenting how the device would calculate Bernoulli numbers. She later received recognition for writing the worlds first computer program. The United States Department of Defense named a computer language in her honor in 1979. Mishqen College Department of ICT

14 The computers that followed built on each previous success and improved it. In 1943, the first programmable computer Turing COLOSSUS appeared. It was pressed into service to decipher World War II coded messages from Germany. ENIAC, the brain, was the first electronic computer, in 1946. In 1951, the U.S. Census Bureau became the first government agency to buy a computer, UNIVAC. The Apple expanded the use of computers to consumers in 1977. The IBM PC for consumers followed closely in 1981, although IBM mainframes were in use by government and corporations. Mishqen College Department of ICT

15 8,500 BC Bone carved with prime numbers found 1000 BC to 500 BC Abacus invented 1642 Blaise Pascals invented adding machine, France 1822 Charles Babbage drafted Babbage Difference Engine, England 1835 Babbage Analytical Engine proposed, England 1843 Ada Byron Lovelace computer program to calculate Bernoulli numbers, England 1943 Turing COLOSSUS the first programmable computer, England 1946 ENIAC first electronic computer, U.S.A. 1951 UNIVAC first computer used by U.S. government, U.S.A. 1969 ARPANET Department of Defense lays groundwork for Internet, U.S.A. 1968 Gordon Moore and Robert Noyce found in Intel, U.S.A. 1977 Apple computers for consumers sold, U.S.A. 1981 IBM personal computers sold, U.S.A. 1991 World Wide Web consumer Internet access, CERN, Tim Berners-Lee Switzerland/France 2000 Y 2K Bug programming errors discovered Current Technologies include word processing, games, email, maps, and streaming Mishqen College Department of ICT

16 Abacus (5000BC) The first mechanical calculator with moving parts, which used in performing arithmetic calculations. Mishqen College Department of ICT Abacus

17 The Slide Rule (1632) Slide rule is a complex mechanical calculating device used for logarithmic and compound interest calculations. It was invented by William Oughtred Mishqen College Department of ICT Slide Rule

18 Pascals Calculator (1642) It was a mechanical calculating device used to perform addition and subtraction only. Pascal's device used a series of toothed wheels, which were turned by hand and which could handle numbers up to 999,999.999. Pascal's device was also called the "numerical wheel calculator" and was one of the world's first mechanical adding machines. Mishqen College Department of ICT Pascaline Calculator

19 Babbages Engines (1822) It was invented by Charles Babbage, British Mathematician It was a multiple adding machine, designed to compute and print tables of polynomials by repeated addition of differences. Babbage invented two different engines which was considered as the forerunner of the modern computer, Differential and Analytical engines. Mishqen College Department of ICT

20 The history of computer development is often referred to in reference to the different generations of computing devices. Each generation of computer is characterized by a major technological development that fundamentally changed the way computers operate, resulting in increasingly smaller, cheaper, more powerful and more efficient and reliable devices. Depending on the type of materials used and facilities available, the development of electronic computers are classified into five generations. First Generation Computers (1990-1959) Second Generation Computers (1956-1963) Third Generation Computers (1964-1971) Fourth Generation Computers (1971-Present) Fifth Generation Computers (Present and Beyond) Mishqen College Department of ICT

21 The first computers used vacuum tubes for circuitry and magnetic drums for memory, and were often enormous, taking up entire rooms. They were very expensive to operate and in addition to using a great deal of electricity, generated a lot of heat, which was often the cause of malfunctions. First generation computers relied on machine language, the lowest- level programming language understood by computers, to perform operations, and they could only solve one problem at a time. Input was based on punched cards and paper tape, and output was displayed on printouts. The UNIVAC and ENIAC computers are examples of first-generation computing devices. The UNIVAC was the first commercial computer delivered to a business client, the U.S. Census Bureau in 1951. Mishqen College Department of ICT


23 Mishqen College Department of ICT Vacuum Tubes UNIVAC Vacuum Tube -- Shown are vacuum tube rectifiers of the type used in early UNIVAC computer power supplies. The UNIVAC was produced in the 1950's by Remington Rand Univac.

24 Mishqen College Department of ICT ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer), the first electronic computer that could handle large scale calculations. The 28-ton device, with nearly 18,000 vacuum tubes, could crank 5,000 addition problems in a second, and was used on projects relating to hydrogen bomb development. For comparison, an Intel Core Duo chip does about 21.5 billion operations per second. Fine-tuning ENIAC. J. Presper Eckert (the man in the foreground turning a knob) served and John Mauchly (center) designed ENIAC to calculate the trajectory of artillery shells. The machine didnt debut until February 1946, after the end of World War II, but it did launch the computer revolution.

25 Machine Language The lowest-level programming language (except for computers that utilize programmable microcode) Machine languages are the only languages understood by computers. While easily understood by computers, machine languages are almost impossible for humans to use because they consist entirely of numbers. Programmers, therefore, use either a high-level programming language or an assembly language. An assembly language contains the same instructions as a machine language, but the instructions and variables have names instead of being just numbers. Programs written in high-level languages are translated into assembly language or machine language by a compiler. Assembly language programs are translated into machine language by a program called an assembler. Every CPU has its own unique machine language. Programs must be rewritten or recompiled, therefore, to run on different types of computers. Mishqen College Department of ICT

26 Transistors replaced vacuum tubes and ushered in the second generation of computers. The transistor was invented in 1947 but did not see widespread use in computers until the late 1950s. The transistor was far superior to the vacuum tube, allowing computers to become smaller, faster, cheaper, more energy-efficient and more reliable than their first-generation predecessors. Though the transistor still generated a great deal of heat that subjected the computer to damage, it was a vast improvement over the vacuum tube. Second-generation computers still relied on punched cards for input and printouts for output. Second-generation computers moved from cryptic binary machine language to symbolic, or assembly, languages, which allowed programmers to specify instructions in words. Mishqen College Department of ICT

27 High-level programming languages were also being developed at this time, such as early versions of COBOL and FORTRAN. These were also the first computers that stored their instructions in their memory, which moved from a magnetic drum to magnetic core technology. The first computers of this generation were developed for the atomic energy industry. Transistors amplify current, for example they can be used to amplify the small output current from a logic IC so that it can operate a lamp, relay or other high current device. In many circuits a resistor is used to convert the changing current to a changing voltage, so the transistor is being used to amplify voltage. A transistor may be used as a switch (either fully on with maximum current, or fully off with no current) and as an amplifier (always partly on). Mishqen College Department of ICT

28 Transistors

29 Transistor A device composed of semiconductor material that amplifies a signal or opens or closes a circuit. Invented in 1947 at Bell Labs, transistors have become the key ingredient of all digital circuits, including computers. Today's microprocessors contains tens of millions of microscopic transistors. Prior to the invention of transistors, digital circuits were composed of vacuum tubes, which had many disadvantages. They were much larger, required more energy, dissipated more heat, and were more prone to failures. It's safe to say that without the invention of transistors, computing as we know it today would not be possible. Mishqen College Department of ICT

30 The development of the integrated circuit was the hallmark of the third generation of computers. Transistors were miniaturized and placed on silicon chips, called semiconductors, which drastically increased the speed and efficiency of computers. Instead of punched cards and printouts, 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. Computers for the first time became accessible to a mass audience because they were smaller and cheaper than their predecessors. Mishqen College Department of ICT

31 Integrated Circuit Another name for a chip, an integrated circuit (IC) is a small electronic device made out of a semiconductor material. The first integrated circuit was developed in the 1950s by Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments and Robert Noyce of Fairchild Semiconductor. Integrated circuits are used for a variety of devices, including microprocessors, audio and video equipment, and automobiles. Integrated circuits are often classified by the number of transistors and other electronic components they contain: SSI (small-scale integration): Up to 100 electronic components per chip MSI (medium-scale integration): From 100 to 3,000 electronic components per chip LSI (large-scale integration): From 3,000 to 100,000 electronic components per chip VLSI (very large-scale integration): From 100,000 to 1,000,000 electronic components per chip ULSI (ultra large-scale integration): More than 1 million electronic components per chip Mishqen College Department of ICT

32 Silicon A nonmetallic chemical element in the carbon family of elements. Silicon - atomic symbol "Si" - is the second most abundant element in the earth's crust, surpassed only by oxygen. Silicon does not occur uncombined in nature. Sand and almost all rocks contain silicon combined with oxygen, forming silica. When silicon combines with other elements, such as iron, aluminum or potassium, a silicate is formed. Compounds of silicon also occur in the atmosphere, natural waters, many plants and in the bodies of some animals. Silicon is the basic material used to make computer chips, transistors, silicon diodes and other electronic circuits and switching devices because its atomic structure makes the element an ideal semiconductor. Silicon is commonly doped, or mixed, with other elements, such as boron, phosphorous and arsenic, to alter its conductive properties. Silicon was first isolated and described as an element in 1824 by Jöns Jacob Berzelius, a Swedish chemist. Mishqen College Department of ICT

33 Chip A small piece of semiconducting material (usually silicon) on which an integrated circuit is embedded. A typical chip is less than ¼-square inches and can contain millions of electronic components (transistors). Computers consist of many chips placed on electronic boards called printed circuit boards. There are different types of chips. For example, CPU chips (also called microprocessors) contain an entire processing unit, whereas memory chips contain blank memory. Chips come in a variety of packages. The three most common are: DIPs : Dual in-line packages are the traditional buglike chips that have anywhere from 8 to 40 legs, evenly divided in two rows. PGAs : Pin-grid arrays are square chips in which the pins are arranged in concentric squares. SIPs : Single in-line packages are chips that have just one row of legs in a straight line like a comb. In addition to these types of chips, there are also single in-line memory modules (SIMMs), which consist of up to nine chips packaged as a single unit. Mishqen College Department of ICT

34 Semiconductor A material that is neither a good conductor of electricity (like copper) nor a good insulator (like rubber). The most common semiconductor materials are silicon and germanium. These materials are then doped to create an excess or lack of electrons. Computer chips, both for CPU and memory, are composed of semiconductor materials. Semiconductors make it possible to miniaturize electronic components, such as transistors. Not only does miniaturization mean that the components take up less space, it also means that they are faster and require less energy. Mishqen College Department of ICT

35 The microprocessor brought the fourth generation of computers, as thousands of integrated circuits were built onto a single silicon chip. What in the first generation filled an entire room could now fit in the palm of the hand. The Intel 4004 chip, developed in 1971, located all the components of the computerfrom the central processing unit and memory to input/output controlson a single chip. In 1981 IBM introduced its first computer for the home user, 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. As these small computers became more powerful, they could be linked together to form networks, which eventually led to the development of the Internet. Fourth generation computers also saw the development of GUIs, the mouse and handheld devices. Mishqen College Department of ICT

36 Microprocessor A silicon chip that contains a CPU. In the world of personal computers, the terms microprocessor and CPU are used interchangeably. At the heart of all personal computers and most workstations sits a microprocessor. Microprocessors also control the logic of almost all digital devices, from clock radios to fuel-injection systems for automobiles. Three basic characteristics differentiate microprocessors: Instruction set: The set of instructions that the microprocessor can execute. bandwidth : The number of bits processed in a single instruction. clock speed : Given in megahertz (MHz), the clock speed determines how many instructions per second the processor can execute. In both cases, the higher the value, the more powerful the CPU. For example, a 32-bit microprocessor that runs at 50MHz is more powerful than a 16-bit microprocessor that runs at 25MHz. In addition to bandwidth and clock speed, microprocessors are classified as being either RISC (reduced instruction set computer) or CISC (complex instruction set computer). Mishqen College Department of ICT

37 CPU Pronounced as separate letters it is the abbreviation for central processing unit. The CPU is the brains of the computer. Sometimes referred to simply as the central processor, but more commonly called processor, the CPU is where most calculations take place. In terms of computing power, the CPU is the most important element of a computer system. On large machines, CPUs require one or more printed circuit boards. On personal computers and small workstations, the CPU is housed in a single chip called a microprocessor. Since the 1970's the microprocessor class of CPUs has almost completely overtaken all other CPU implementations. Mishqen College Department of ICT

38 CPU The CPU itself is an internal component of the computer. Modern CPUs are small and square and contain multiple metallic connectors or pins on the underside. The CPU is inserted directly into a CPU socket, pin side down, on the motherboard. Each motherboard will support only a specific type or range of CPU so you must check the motherboard manufacturer's specifications before attempting to replace or upgrade a CPU. Modern CPUs also have an attached heat sink and small fan that go directly on top of the CPU to help dissipate heat. Two typical components of a CPU are the following: The arithmetic logic unit (ALU), which performs arithmetic and logical operations. The control unit (CU), which extracts instructions from memory and decodes and executes them, calling on the ALU when necessary. Mishqen College Department of ICT

39 Fifth generation computing devices, based on artificial intelligence, are still in development, though there are some applications, such as voice recognition, that are being used today. The use of parallel processing and superconductors is helping to make artificial intelligence a reality. Quantum computation and molecular and nanotechnology will radically change the face of computers in years to come. The goal of fifth-generation computing is to develop devices that respond to natural language input and are capable of learning and self-organization. Mishqen College Department of ICT

40 Artificial Intelligence The branch of computer science concerned with making computers behave like humans. The term was coined in 1956 by John McCarthy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Artificial intelligence includes: games playing: programming computers to play games such as chess and checkers expert systems : programming computers to make decisions in real-life situations (for example, some expert systems help doctors diagnose diseases based on symptoms) natural language : programming computers to understand natural human languages neural networks : Systems that simulate intelligence by attempting to reproduce the types of physical connections that occur in animal brains robotics : programming computers to see and hear and react to other sensory stimuli Mishqen College Department of ICT

41 Voice Recognition The field of computer science that deals with designing computer systems that can recognize spoken words. Note that voice recognition implies only that the computer can take dictation, not that it understands what is being said. Comprehending human languages falls under a different field of computer science called natural language processing. A number of voice recognition systems are available on the market. The most powerful can recognize thousands of words. However, they generally require an extended training session during which the computer system becomes accustomed to a particular voice and accent. Such systems are said to be speaker dependent. Mishqen College Department of ICT

42 Voice Recognition Many systems also require that the speaker speak slowly and distinctly and separate each word with a short pause. These systems are called discrete speech systems. Recently, great strides have been made in continuous speech systems -- voice recognition systems that allow you to speak naturally. There are now several continuous-speech systems available for personal computers. Because of their limitations and high cost, voice recognition systems have traditionally been used only in a few specialized situations. For example, such systems are useful in instances when the user is unable to use a keyboard to enter data because his or her hands are occupied or disabled. Instead of typing commands, the user can simply speak into a headset. Increasingly, however, as the cost decreases and performance improves, speech recognition systems are entering the mainstream and are being used as an alternative to keyboards. Mishqen College Department of ICT

43 Parallel Processing The simultaneous use of more than one CPU to execute a program. Ideally, parallel processing makes a program run faster because there are more engines (CPUs) running it. In practice, it is often difficult to divide a program in such a way that separate CPUs can execute different portions without interfering with each other. Most computers have just one CPU, but some models have several. There are even computers with thousands of CPUs. With single-CPU computers, it is possible to perform parallel processing by connecting the computers in a network. However, this type of parallel processing requires very sophisticated software called distributed processing software. Note that parallel processing differs from multitasking, in which a single CPU executes several programs at once. Parallel processing is also called parallel computing. Mishqen College Department of ICT

44 Quantum Computing First proposed in the 1970s, quantum computing relies on quantum physics by taking advantage of certain quantum physics properties of atoms or nuclei that allow them to work together as quantum bits, or qubits, to be the computer's processor and memory. By interacting with each other while being isolated from the external environment, qubits can perform certain calculations exponentially faster than conventional computers. Qubits do not rely on the traditional binary nature of computing. While traditional computers encode information into bits using binary numbers, either a 0 or 1, and can only do calculations on one set of numbers at once, quantum computers encode information as a series of quantum-mechanical states such as spin directions of electrons or polarization orientations of a photon that might represent a 1 or a 0, might represent a combination of the two or might represent a number expressing that the state of the qubit is somewhere between 1 and 0, or a superposition of many different numbers at once. Mishqen College Department of ICT

45 Quantum Computing A quantum computer can do an arbitrary reversible classical computation on all the numbers simultaneously, which a binary system cannot do, and also has some ability to produce interference between various different numbers. By doing a computation on many different numbers at once, then interfering the results to get a single answer, a quantum computer has the potential to be much more powerful than a classical computer of the same size. In using only a single processing unit, a quantum computer can naturally perform myriad operations in parallel. Quantum computing is not well suited for tasks such as word processing and email, but it is ideal for tasks such as cryptography and modeling and indexing very large databases. Mishqen College Department of ICT

46 Nanotechnology A field of science whose goal is to control individual atoms and molecules to create computer chips and other devices that are thousands of times smaller than current technologies permit. Current manufacturing processes use lithography to imprint circuits on semiconductor materials. While lithography has improved dramatically over the last two decades -- to the point where some manufacturing plants can produce circuits smaller than one micron (1,000 nanometers) -- it still deals with aggregates of millions of atoms. It is widely believed that lithography is quickly approaching its physical limits. To continue reducing the size of semiconductors, new technologies that juggle individual atoms will be necessary. This is the realm of nanotechnology. Mishqen College Department of ICT

47 Nanotechnology Although research in this field dates back to Richard P.Feynman's classic talk in 1959, the term nanotechnology was first coined by K. Eric Drexler in 1986 in the book Engines of Creation. In the popular press, the term nanotechnology is sometimes used to refer to any sub-micron process, including lithography. Because of this, many scientists are beginning to use the term molecular nanotechnology when talking about true nanotechnology at the molecular level. Mishqen College Department of ICT

48 Natural Language A human language. For example, English, French, and Chinese are natural languages. Computer languages, such as FORTRAN and C, are not. Probably the single most challenging problem in computer science is to develop computers that can understand natural languages. So far, the complete solution to this problem has proved elusive, although a great deal of progress has been made. Fourth-generation languages are the programming languages closest to natural languages. Mishqen College Department of ICT

49 The computers are getting smaller in volume and size. They dissipate less heat. They consume less power. They have large memory capacity. They have n=better execution speed and power. The computers are getting more reliable. They became more affordable and user friendly. Mishqen College Department of ICT

50 1.Microcomputers (Personal Computers) a.Palmtop Computers b.Laptop Computers c.Desktop computers 2.Minicomputers 3.Mainframes 4.Supercomputers Mishqen College Department of ICT

51 Personal computers or Microcomputers are the most widely used computers which have found application in everyday activity of the modern world. The speed and accuracy of processing of the personal systems account for their high popularity. Think of a world where share market trading had to be carried out manually and the times when the fastest means of communication was but for the telephones were the telegrams. Those days are not even past 50 years, yet you cannot imagine life without the aid of personal computers or PCs as you abbreviate them. Personal computers remind us mostly of Desktop computers or at the most Laptop computers. But actually Personal computers refer to:- Mishqen College Department of ICT

52 Desktop computers Desktop Computers are those Personal computers that one comes across in business institutions, ATM s, Offices, etc. They have the second largest market among all kinds of PCs. They are nonportable and long lasting. Laptop computers Laptop Computers are a personal system sub-type. As the name goes, it is a portable computer which is usually a light weight PC. The special feature of course, is that it is far lighter than a Desktop PC and being a wireless system, you can use it even when there is a power cut or you are away from home where electricity is not available. Mishqen College Department of ICT

53 Hand held computers or palm tops Palm tops like laptops are portable personal computers which are even smaller and lighter and can be carried in a pocket. Ideally a palmtop is used for storage of personal information like phone numbers, appointments and the likes. Nowadays with the improvement of technology palmtops come with colored monitors, sound recording facilities, and even provision for access to the Internet. Tablet Personal Computers Tablet PCs are also a kind of micro computers. They are mostly used in Graphics work is an electronic device that utilizes digital ink to write or draw directly on the monitor of you PC. Mishqen College Department of ICT

54 Work Stations This is slightly different from the regular PC in respect that it has evolved from the mini computers. Originally used for Engineering, Graphics and such other non-personal work or technical work, work station computers were designed for the purpose of singular interaction of computer with one person at a time. The personal computers or Microcomputers are manufactured by several multinational companies such as the HP computers, HCL, Del Inspiration, Acer, Toshiba and many more. Mishqen College Department of ICT

55 Laptops Desktop Tablet PC Palmtop PC Workstation PC

56 Minicomputers, what exactly are they? If supercomputers and mainframes are considered to be the best in terms of mathematical operations then minicomputer systems succeed them. Previously, minicomputers were considered to be superior to personal systems. But these days, advancement in technology has made minicomputers almost obsolete because the PCs today are highly advanced. The Minicomputers were first built in in 1960s and they immediately became a huge success as 40,000 of the minicomputer systems were immediately sold of making the computers hugely available to the general public. With such a successful market possibility many companies stepped in to venture in the minicomputer market. The most successful among these two hundred companies was DEC that launched the minicomputer models PDP-11 and VAX 11/780. Mishqen College Department of ICT

57 Some significant aspects and historical facts about the mini computer system has been summarized as follows: They are much smaller in size than the mainframe computer systems. As such they do not occupy an entire room but usually occupy space similar in size to that of a standard refrigerator. They are much less expensive than the mainframes. Their invention was possible because of the invention of core memory technologies and transistors. Minicomputers can give parallel access to up to 100 users. Hence they were used in places such as business organizations for maintaining billings and finances. Some of the very first companies to manufacture the minicomputer systems were Hewlett Packard, DEC and Data General. Mishqen College Department of ICT

58 A few models of minicomputers which have been a marked success over the years are: DEC VAX series and PDP series Hewlett Packard HP3000 series SDS,SDS-92 Prime Computers, Prime 50 Series Norsk Data, Nord-1, Nord-10, Nord-100 IBM Midrange Computers Control Data Corporation's CDC 160A, CDC-1700 Data General Nova Honeywell-Bull Level 6/DPS Level6/DPS 6000 series Minicomputers have eventually evolved in to microcomputers. With the launch of microcomputers, the public have had a greater access to the advantage of incorporating computers in the daily stride of their lives. Mishqen College Department of ICT

59 Minicomputers

60 Mainframes are computers that are the most bulky types and with the advancement of technology, they have almost become extinct. Computers are of four types – Supercomputers, Mainframe computers, Minicomputers and Microcomputers. Mainframe computer systems can be called the predecessor of servers because they could actually support multi users though as efficiently as the servers. Usually, a main frame would occupy an entire room and could cost over million dollars. Used for the purpose of research, engineering works, meteorological calculations, graphics and the likes, mainframes today constitutes Unix, Linux, and IBM's z/OS, OS/390, MVS, VM, and VSE. Mainframe systems were manufactured extensively throughout the 1950s and were marketed by IBM, Control Data, General Electric, NCR, UNIVAC, Honeywell, RC, and Burroughs. Mishqen College Department of ICT

61 The three important Features of mainframe Computers: Mainframes provide for maximum I/O connectivity as they accommodate huge disc farms. Mainframes excel in providing maximum I/O band width. Interestingly in spite of all the connected drives connected to the mainframe system, no data blocking ever happens to mar its efficiency. Mainframe systems also provide for very good single thread operations. Most mainframe computers are todays server computers. Mishqen College Department of ICT

62 Mainframe Computers

63 Supercomputers are one of the many types of modern computing machines which are capable of giving very speedy calculations. It is because of their high speed processing ability that Supercomputer systems are used in such works as animation graphics, weather forecasting, nuclear research work, petroleum research works, crypt analysis, molecular modeling and the likes. You must be wondering then what is the difference between a supercomputer and a mainframe computer system? While Mainframe machines are primarily used for a number of purposes, supercomputers are so designed to serve a singular purpose. A brief time line of the development of supercomputers has been given as follows: Mishqen College Department of ICT

64 1960s: Seymour Cray of Control Data Corporation (CDC) launches the Supercomputer systems. 1970s: Cray Research is founded by Seymour Cray after he leaves Control Data Corporation (CDC). Most supercomputers were meant for running vector processor. 1985-1990: Cray's model of supercomputer takes over the market. Today, supercomputers are designed by such companies as HP, IBM and of course, Cray Inc. Supercomputer systems are now becoming almost the same as laptop computers and desktop systems. Before the 1970s, supercomputers were mostly run on scalar process principle. Mishqen College Department of ICT

65 But in order to improve its efficiency a number of new technologies were developed such as: Liquid Cooling Striped Disks (RAID) Parallel File systems Non-uniform memory access (NUMA) Vector Processing When the hardware of the supercomputers are prepared to serve a special mathematical operation, they are called Special Supercomputers. Currently there are many such types of supercomputers as the GRAPE for molecular dynamics and astrophysics, Deep Crack for cracking DES cipher, Deep Blue for playing chess, etc. Mishqen College Department of ICT

66 Supercomputers

67 General Purpose Computers A computer designed to perform, or that is capable of performing, in a reasonably efficient manner, the functions required by both scientific and business applications. Note: A general purpose computer is often understood to be a large system, capable of supporting remote terminal operations, but it may also be a smaller computer, e.g., a desktop workstation. Special Purpose Computers A computer that is designed to operate on a restricted class of problems. Mishqen College Department of ICT

68 1.Digital Computers 2.Analog Computers 3.Hybrid Computers Mishqen College Department of ICT

69 Digital Computers are that kind of computing machines which work on the principle of binary mathematics. Digital computing machines when clubbed with Analog computers produce Hybrid computers. The digital systems work on the principle of binary mathematics. In binary mathematics all calculations are represented through 0 and 1. You have often heard about the word Byte, Mega Byte, Kilo Byte. But what is a Byte? A single Byte is a group of 8 numbers or bits represented through a code series comprising of 0 and 1. The combination of the digital signal can solve a number of mathematical operations. It is interesting to note that the fundamentals of mathematics applied are addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Mishqen College Department of ICT

70 But the chief problem is that though it can solve mathematical problems at a tremendous speed, it cannot perform bulk operations simultaneously. For this purpose, digital systems by themselves cannot give very precise results. Hence, for greater efficiency, the Digital systems do not find much application. Data Processing In Digital Computers Digital computers function with the help of logic circuits. A reliable oscillator helps in the proper synchronization of various logic circuits that are responsible for processing data in the digital computers. In better quality computers, the oscillation rate might even be a billion cycles per second. Operating at such high speed, it can process more than billions of logic and arithmetic problems. Mishqen College Department of ICT

71 A digital computer with the help of binary system cannot only perform mathematical problems but also combine the bytes to produce desired graphics, sounds, images and other such commands. Mishqen College Department of ICT

72 Analog Computers and Digital computers are the two kinds of computers, the combination of which is responsible for the invention of the modern Hybrid computers. The analog systems carry out arithmetic and logical operations by manipulating and processing data which you input such as the weight, temperature, voltage, power density, etc. But unlike the digital computer that changes all inputs to binary digits of 1 and 0, the analog computer does not change inputted data to any such sign language. The analog computer has become obsolete type of computer these days. It is different from a digital computer as it can perform numerous mathematical operations simultaneously. The digital computers, however could not operate the more complex operations. The Analog System is also unique in terms of operation as it utilizes continuous variables for the purpose of mathematical computation. It utilizes mechanical, hydraulic, or electrical energy or operation. Mishqen College Department of ICT

73 Mathematical Principles Applied For The Data Processing In Analog Computers: Logarithm Summation Exponentiation Calculus Multiplication and Division Inversion The analog computer which is a complex machine is an integration of various mechanical parts which has pipes, valves, levers, gears and several key parts which can be named as follows:- Fixed function generators Operational amplifiers Potentiometers Integrators Mishqen College Department of ICT

74 The advantage of an analog computer is that it can simultaneously find solutions to several mathematical problems and that too while being precise unlike the digital computer. But it is not free of drawbacks. Unlike the digital computer it lacks speed of calculation. There are other functional problems which mar the efficiency of analog systems. Of these, the problems of non-linearities, temperature co-efficient, parasitic effects and noise floor are the main problems so to say. Mishqen College Department of ICT

75 Hybrid computers are, as the name suggests, a combination of both Analog and Digital computers. The Digital computers which work on the principle of binary digit system of 0 and 1 can give very precise results. But the problem is that they are too slow and incapable of large scale mathematical operation. In the hybrid types of computers the Digital counterparts convert the analog signals to perform Robotics and Process control. Most computers available nowadays are hybrid computers. Mishqen College Department of ICT

76 Speed The computer is a very high speed electronic device. The operations on the data inside the computer are performed through electronic circuits according to the given instructions. The data and instructions flow along these circuits with high speed that is close to the speed of light. Computer can perform million of billion of operations on the data in one second. The computer generates signals during the operation process therefore the speed of computer is usually measure in mega hertz (MHz) or gega hertz (GHz). It means million cycles units of frequency is hertz per second. Different computers have different speed. Mishqen College Department of ICT

77 Arithmetical and Logical Operations A computer can perform arithmetical and logical operations. In arithmetic operations, it performs the addition, subtraction, multiplication and division on the numeric data. In logical operation it compares the numerical data as well as alphabetical data. Accuracy In addition to being very fast, computer is also very accurate device. It gives accurate output result provided that the correct input data and set of instructions are given to the computer. It means that output is totally depended on the given instructions and input data. If input data is in-correct then the resulting output will be in- correct, i.e., Garbage In, Garbage Out (GIGO). In computer terminology it is known as garbage-in garbage-out. Mishqen College Department of ICT

78 Reliability The electronic components in modern computer have very low failure rate. The modern computer can perform very complicated calculations without creating any problem and produces consistent (reliable) results. In general, computers are very reliable. Many personal computers have never needed a service call. Communications are also very reliable and generally available whenever needed. Storage A computer has internal storage (memory) as well as external or secondary storage. In secondary storage, a large amount of data and programs (set of instructions) can be stored for future use. The stored data and programs are available any time for processing. Similarly information downloaded from the internet can be saved on the storage media. Mishqen College Department of ICT

79 Retrieving data and programs The data and program stored on the storage media can be retrieved very quickly for further processing. It is also very important feature of a computer. Automation A computer can automatically perform operations without interfering the user during the operations. It controls automatically different devices attached with the computer. It executes automatically the program instructions one by one. Mishqen College Department of ICT

80 Versatility Versatile means flexible. Modern computer can perform different kind of tasks one by one of simultaneously. It is the most important feature of computer. At one moment your are playing game on computer, the next moment you are composing and sending emails etc. In colleges and universities computers are use to deliver lectures to the students. The talent of computer is dependent on the software. Mishqen College Department of ICT

81 Communications Today computer is mostly used to exchange messages or data through computer networks all over the world. For example the information can be received or send through the internet with the help of computer. It is most important feature of the modern information technology. Diligence A computer can continually work for hours without creating any error. It does not get tired while working after hours of work it performs the operations with the same accuracy as well as speed as the first one. Mishqen College Department of ICT

82 No Feelings Computer is an electronic machine. It has no feelings. It detects objects on the basis of instructions given to it. Based on our feelings, taste, knowledge and experience: we can make certain decisions and judgments in our daily life. On the other hand, computer can not make such judgments on their own. Their judgments are totally based on instructions given to them. Consistency People often have difficulty to repeat their instructions again and again. For example, a lecturer feels difficulty to repeat a same lecture in a class room again and again. Computer can repeat actions consistently (again and again) without loosing its concentration: Mishqen College Department of ICT

83 To run a spell checker (built into a word processor) for checking spellings in a document. To play multimedia animations for training purposes. To deliver a lecture through computer in a class room etc. A computer will carry out the activity with the same way every time. You can listen a lecture or perform any action again and again. Precision Computers are not only fast and consistent but they also perform operations very accurately and precisely. For example, in manual calculations and rounding fractional values (That is value with decimal point can change the actual result). In computer, however, you can keep the accuracy and precision up to the level you desire. The length calculations remain always accurate. Mishqen College Department of ICT

84 Programmed by human: Though computer is programmed to work efficiently, fast and accurately but it is programmed by human beings to do so. Without a program, computer is nothing. A program is a set of instructions. Computer only follows these instructions. If the instructions are not accurate the working of computer will not accurate. Thinking: The computer can not think itself. The concept of artificial intelligence shows that the computer can think. But still this concept is dependent on set of instructions provided by the human beings. Mishqen College Department of ICT

85 Self Care: A Computer can not care itself like a human. A computer is dependent still to human beings for this purpose. Retrieval of memory: A computer can retrieve data very fast but this technique is linear. A human being's mind does not follow this rule. A human mind can think randomly which a computer machine can not. Feelings: One of the main limits in the computer is of feeling. A computer can not feel about some like a human. A computer can not meet human in respect of relations. Human can feel, think and caring but a computer machine itself can not. A computer can not take place of human because computer is always dependent of human. Mishqen College Department of ICT

86 Word Processing Word Processing software automatically corrects spelling and grammar mistakes. If the content of a document repeats you dont have to type it each time. You can use the copy and paste features. You can printout documents and make several copies. It is easier to read a word-processed document than a handwritten one. You can add images to your document. Mishqen College Department of ICT

87 Internet It is a network of almost all the computers in the world. You can browse through much more information than you could do in a library. That is because computers can store enormous amounts of information. You also have very fast and convenient access to information. Through E-Mail you can communicate with a person sitting thousands of miles away in seconds. There is chat software that enables one to chat with another person on a real-time basis. Video conferencing tools are becoming readily available to the common man. Mishqen College Department of ICT

88 Digital video or audio composition Audio or video composition and editing have been made much easier by computers. It no longer costs thousands of dollars of equipment to compose music or make a film. Graphics engineers can use computers to generate short or full- length films or even to create three-dimensional models. Anybody owning a computer can now enter the field of media production. Special effects in science fiction and action movies are created using computers. Mishqen College Department of ICT

89 Desktop publishing With desktop publishing, you can create page layouts for entire books on your personal computer. Computers in Medicine You can diagnose diseases. You can learn the cures. Software is used in magnetic resonance imaging to examine the internal organs of the human body. Software is used for performing surgery. Computers are used to store patient data. Telemedicine is one of computer applications in health. Mathematical Calculations Thanks to computers, which have computing speeds of over a million calculations per second we can perform the biggest of mathematical calculations. Mishqen College Department of ICT

90 Banks All financial transactions are done by computer software. They provide security, speed and convenience. Travel One can book air tickets or railway tickets and make hotel reservations online. Telecommunications Software is widely used here. Also all mobile phones have software embedded in them. Defense There is software embedded in almost every weapon. Software is used for controlling the flight and targeting in ballistic missiles. Software is used to control access to atomic bombs. Mishqen College Department of ICT

91 E-Learning Instead of a book it is easier to learn from an E-learning software. Gambling You can gamble online instead of going to a casino. Examinations You can give online exams and get instant results. You can check your examination results online. Computers in Business Shops and supermarkets use software, which calculate the bills. Taxes can be calculated and paid online. Accounting is done using computers. One can predict future trends of business using artificial intelligence software. Software is used in major stock markets. One can do trading online. There are fully automated factories running on software. Mishqen College Department of ICT

92 Certificates Different types of certificates can be generated. It is very easy to create and change layouts. ATM machines The computer software authenticates the user and dispenses cash. Marriage There are matrimonial sites through which one can search for a suitable groom or bride. News There are many websites through which you can read the latest or old news. Classmates There are many alumni websites through which you can regain contact with your classmates. Mishqen College Department of ICT

93 Robotics Robots are controlled by software. Washing Machines They operate using software. Microwave Oven They are operated by software. Planning and Scheduling Software can be used to store contact information, generating plans, scheduling appointments and deadlines. Plagiarism Software can examine content for plagiarism. Greeting Cards You can send and receive greetings pertaining to different occasions. Mishqen College Department of ICT

94 Sports Software is used for making umpiring decisions. There are simulation software using which a sportsperson can practice his skills. Computers are also to identify flaws in technique. Airplanes Pilots train on software, which simulates flying. Weather analysis Supercomputers are used to analyze and predict weather. Mishqen College Department of ICT

95 Humans are indispensable Humans have the unique quality of thinking. People are creative Computers are only consistent People are motivated and take initiatives Humans are more flexible in their thinking. People are mobile than computers. People are biological whereas computers are artificial. Mishqen College Department of ICT

96 Computer is programmable (instructable) electronic device. Computer system ahs two main components: The hardware components of a computer system are the electronic and mechanical parts. The software components of a computer system are the intangible parts: the data and the computer programs. Mishqen College Department of ICT

97 Hardware: Is the visible, tangible and physical component of the computer system. It is the assemblage of metallic and plastic components that make up the computer. The hardware carries out the activities of capturing, processing, storing and communicating data and information. The computer hardware has the following main componenets. Input Devices Processing Devices Storage devices, and Output devices In addition, the hardware components comprises of power supplies, Cables, Connectors and ports, expansion cards and expansion slots, and the motherboard. Mishqen College Department of ICT

98 Any hardware device that sends data to the computer. without any input devices, a computer would only be a display device and not allow users to interact with it, much like a TV. Below is a full listing of all the different types of computer input devices found on a computer. Keyboard Mouse (pointing device) Trackball Scanner Digital camera MICR (Magnetic Ink Character Recognition) OCR (Optical Character Recognition) OMR (Optical Mark Recognition) Mishqen College Department of ICT

99 Barcode reader Microphone Touch Screen Light Pen Joystick Digitizing Tables Webcam Gamepad MIDI keyboard Mishqen College Department of ICT

100 Keyboard is one of the main input devices used on a computer A PC's keyboard looks very similar to the keyboards of electric typewriters, with some additional keys. Today most users use the QWERTY style keyboards Keyboard has keys with a variety of functions. Escape (Esc) key - Equivalent to clicking the Cancel button. Tab Key - This key can be used to move forward through options in a dialog box. Caps Lock Key - Locks the keyboard in "Capitals" mode (only applies to Alpha keys). Shift Keys (Left and Right) - The obvious use of this key is to allow selection of capital letters when depressing the alphabet characters, or selecting the characters above other non-alpha keys. Mishqen College Department of ICT

101 Control (Ctrl) Keys (Left and Right) - Depressing the Ctrl key while clicking allows multiple selections. Holding the Ctrl key down and pressing other key combinations will initiate quite a few actions. Alternate (Alt) Keys (Left and Right) - Located on either side of the space bar. Holding the Alt key down and pressing another key will initiate various actions. Function Keys (F1 to F12) - Windows Key (Left and Right) - On either side of the spacebar, outside the Alt key, is a key with the Windows logo. Holding the Windows key down and pressing another key will initiate quite a few actions. Spacebar Key - Insert a space between words. Mishqen College Department of ICT

102 Application Key – Key with cursor symbol used as right-clicking Enter Key - Creates a new Paragraph () or what is referred to as a Hard Return. Backspace Key - While working with text, use this key to delete characters to the left of the insertion point. Home Row Keys – Keys where typing hands fingers rest Alphanumeric Keys – Keys with uppercase and lowercase letter, numbers, punctuation marks, arithmetic operators, equality operators, logic operators and other special characters. Arrow Keys – used to navigate up, down, left and right Insert Key – Used to insert commands alone or in combination with another keys Delete Key - While working with text, use this key to delete characters to the right of the insertion point. This key can also be used to delete selected files. If you use the keyboard combination Shift + Delete the item is permanently deleted, bypassing the Recycle Bin. Home Key - Depress and hold the Ctrl key as you select Home to go to the first line of a document. Mishqen College Department of ICT

103 End Key - Depress and hold the Ctrl key as you select End to go to the last line of a document. Page Up Key - In a browser window use the Page Up key to move up one full screen on a web page. Page Down Key - In a browser window use the Page Down key to move down one full screen on a web page. PrtScn/SysRq Key – Used to capture and print active window screen Scroll Lock Key - The scroll lock key is intended to temporarily stop the scrolling of text or halt the operation of a program. Numeric Keypad - If you want to use the numeric keypad on the right end of the keyboard to display numbers, the Num Lock key must be selected (usually a light above the Num Lock will indicate that it is on). If you want to use the keypad to navigate within a document, turn off Num Lock by pressing the key (the light will go off). Mishqen College Department of ICT

104 New Model Multimedia Computer Keyboard

105 Mouse: Is a device that controls the movement of the cursor or pointer on a display screen. A mouse is a small object you can roll along a hard, flat surface. Its name is derived from its shape, which looks a bit like a mouse, its connecting wire that one can imagine to be the mouse's tail, and the fact that one must make it scurry along a surface. As you move the mouse, the pointer on the display screen moves in the same direction. Mice (plural form of mouse) contain at least one button and sometimes as many as three, which have different functions depending on what program is running. Some newer mice also include a scroll wheel for scrolling through long documents. Mishqen College Department of ICT

106 Invented by Douglas Engelbart of Stanford Research Center in 1963, and pioneered by Xerox in the 1970s, the mouse is one of the great breakthroughs in computer ergonomics because it frees the user to a large extent from using the keyboard. In particular, the mouse is important for graphical user interfaces because you can simply point to options and objects and click a mouse button. Such applications are often called point-and-click programs. The mouse is also useful for graphics programs that allow you to draw pictures by using the mouse like a pen, pencil, or paintbrush. Mishqen College Department of ICT

107 There are three basic types of mice: mechanical Has a rubber or metal ball on its underside that can roll in all directions. Mechanical sensors within the mouse detect the direction the ball is rolling and move the screen pointer accordingly. Optomechanical Same as a mechanical mouse, but uses optical sensors to detect motion of the ball. optical: Uses a laser to detect the mouse's movement. You must move the mouse along a special mat with a grid so that the optical mechanism has a frame of reference. Optical mice have no mechanical moving parts. They respond more quickly and precisely than mechanical and optomechanical mice, but they are also more expensive. Mishqen College Department of ICT

108 Mice connect to PCs in one of several ways: Serial mice connect directly to an RS-232C serial port or a PS/2 port. This is the simplest type of connection. PS/2 mice connect to a PS/2 port. USB mice. Cordless mice Aren't physically connected at all. Instead they rely on infrared or radio waves to communicate with the computer. Cordless mice are more expensive than both serial and bus mice, but they do eliminate the cord, which can sometimes get in the way. Mishqen College Department of ICT

109 A mouse has three buttons. Left Button Used for left single and double clicking It can also used for dragging and dropping if the mouse is set as primary button Middle Button Used for scrolling Right button Used for right single and double clicking It can also used for dragging and dropping if the mouse is set as primary button Mishqen College Department of ICT

110 Left Button Mishqen College Department of ICT Middle Button Right Button Optical Mouse

111 Trackball is another pointing device used to input data into the computer system Essentially, a trackball is a mouse lying on its back. To move the pointer (cursor), you rotate the ball with your thumb, your fingers, or the palm of your hand. There are usually one to three buttons next to the ball, which you use just like mouse buttons. Mishqen College Department of ICT The Trackball

112 Scanner is an input device that can read text or illustrations printed on paper and translate the information into a form that the computer can use. Scanner is visual information or data processing input device. A scanner takes a picture placed on the scanner screen and digitizes the information in order to present it on the computer screen for manipulation. A scanner is a device that captures images from photographic prints, posters, magazine pages, and similar sources for computer editing and display. Scanners come in hand-held, feed-in, and flatbed types and for scanning black-and-white only, or color. Very high resolution scanners are used for scanning for high-resolution printing, but lower resolution scanners are adequate for capturing images for computer display. Scanners usually come with software, such as Adobe's Photoshop product, that lets you resize and otherwise modify a captured image. Mishqen College Department of ICT

113 Flatbed Scanner Sheet-fed Scanner Flatbed Scanner

114 Digital Camera is a camera that stores images digitally rather than recording them on film. Once a picture has been taken, it can be downloaded to a computer system, and then manipulated with a graphics program and printed. Unlike film photographs, which have an almost infinite resolution, digital photos are limited by the amount of memory in the camera, the optical resolution of the digitizing mechanism, and, finally, by the resolution of the final output device. Even the best digital cameras connected to the best printers cannot produce film-quality photos. However, if the final output device is a laser printer, it doesn't really matter whether you take a real photo and then scan it, or take a digital photo. In both cases, the image must eventually be reduced to the resolution of the printer. Mishqen College Department of ICT

115 The big advantage of digital cameras is that making photos is both inexpensive and fast because there is no film processing. Interestingly, one of the biggest boosters of digital photography is Kodak, the largest producer of film. Kodak developed the Kodak PhotoCD format, which has become the de facto standard for storing digital photographs. Most digital cameras use CCDs to capture images, though some of the newer less expensive cameras use CMOS chips instead. Digital cameras can be still cameras, video cameras and webcams. Mishqen College Department of ICT Digital Camera

116 In computing, a technique that enables special characters printed in magnetic ink to be read and input rapidly to a computer. MICR is used extensively in banking because magnetic-ink characters can be machine-read with much greater accuracy than human reading or other optical character recognition (OCR) systems, and are therefore ideal for marking and identifying the account and sort code numbers on cheques. MICR allows the computer to recognize characters printed using magnetic ink. Magnetic Ink Character Recognition is a character recognition system that uses special ink and characters. When a document that contains this ink needs to be read, it passes through a machine, which magnetizes the ink and then translates the magnetic information into characters. MICR technology is used by banks. Numbers and characters found on the bottom of checks (usually containing the check number, sort number, and account number) are printed using Magnetic Ink. To print Magnetic Ink need, you need a laser printer that accepts MICR toner. MICR provides a secure, high-speed method of scanning and processing information. Mishqen College Department of ICT

117 Magnetic Ink Character Recognition, or MICR, is a character recognition technology used primarily by the banking industry to facilitate the processing of cheques. The technology allows computers to read information (such as account numbers) off of printed documents. Unlike barcodes or similar technologies, however, MICR codes can be easily read by humans. MICR characters are printed in special typefaces with a magnetic ink or toner, usually containing iron oxide. As a machine decodes the MICR text, it first magnetizes the characters in the plane of the paper. Then the characters are passed over a MICR read head, a device similar to the playback head of a tape recorder. As each character passes over the head it produces a unique waveform that can be easily identified by the system. The use of magnetic printing allows the characters to be read reliably even if they have been overprinted or obscured by other marks, such as cancellation stamps. The error rate for the magnetic scanning of a typical check is smaller than with optical character recognition systems. For well printed MICR documents, the "can't read" rate is usually less than 1% while the substitution rate (misread rate) is in the order of 1 per 100,000 characters. MICR

118 OCR reads text from paper and translate the image into a form that the computer can manipulate, i.e., into ASCII, EBCDIC, UNICODE and so on Schemes). All OCR systems include an optical scanner for reading text, and sophisticated software for analyzing images. The potential of OCR systems is enormous because they enable users to harness the power of computers to access printed documents. OCR (optical character recognition) is the recognition of printed or written text characters by a computer. This involves photoscanning of the text character-by-character, analysis of the scanned- in image, and then translation of the character image into character codes, such as ASCII, commonly used in data processing. In OCR processing, the scanned-in image or bitmap is analyzed for light and dark areas in order to identify each alphabetic letter or numeric digit. When a character is recognized, it is converted into an ASCII code. Special circuit boards and computer chips designed expressly for OCR are used to speed up the recognition process. OCR is being used by libraries to digitize and preserve their holdings. OCR is also used to process checks and credit card slips and sort the mail. Billions of magazines and letters are sorted every day by OCR machines, considerably speeding up mail delivery. Mishqen College Department of ICT

119 OCR OCR Stands for "Optical Character Recognition." This technology is what allows you to scan that paper you lost on your hard drive, but fortunately printed out, back into your computer. When a page of text is scanned into a computer without OCR software, all the computer sees is a bunch graphical bits, or an image. In other words, it has no idea that there is text on the page, much less what the text says. However, an OCR program can convert the characters on the page into a text document that can be read by a word processing program. More advanced OCR programs can even keep the formatting of the document in the conversion.

120 Mishqen College Department of ICT OMR is also called mark sensing. It is a technology where an OMR device senses the presence or absence of a mark, such as a pencil mark. OMR is used in tests such as aptitude test OMR System

121 A barcode reader (or barcode scanner) is a computer peripheral for reading barcodes printed on various surfaces. Like a flatbed scanner, it generally consists of a light source, a lens and a photo conductor translating optical impulses into electrical ones. Additionally, nearly all barcode readers currently produced contain decoder circuitry analyzing the barcode's image data provided by the photo conductor and sending the barcode's content to the scanner's output port. However, in contrast to a flatbed scanner, a typical barcode scanner's optical components do not move as the barcode is one-dimensional and can be scanned all at once. Many different types of barcode scanners are available. They can be distinguished as follows: Mishqen College Department of ICT

122 A barcode reader (or barcode scanner) is a computer peripheral for reading barcodes printed on various surfaces. Like a flatbed scanner, it generally consists of a light source, a lens and a photo conductor translating optical impulses into electrical ones. Additionally, nearly all barcode readers currently produced contain decoder circuitry analyzing the barcode's image data provided by the photo conductor and sending the barcode's content to the scanner's output port. However, in contrast to a flatbed scanner, a typical barcode scanner's optical components do not move as the barcode is one-dimensional and can be scanned all at once. Barcode reader is photoelectric scanners that read the bar codes, or vertical zebra strips marks, printed on product containers. Barcode readers are popularily used in supermarkets and bookshops, etc. Mishqen College Department of ICT

123 Many different types of barcode scanners are available. They can be distinguished as follows: By light source: LED scanners also referred to as CCD scanners -- even if the CCD is in fact the photo conductor laser scanners much more expensive than LED scanners but are capable of scanning barcodes at a distance of up to 25cm (~10") By housing: handheld scanner with a handle and typically a trigger button for switching on the light source pen scanners (or wand scanners) a pen-shaped scanner that is swiped across a barcode stationary scanners wall- or table-mounted scanners that the barcode is passed under or beside. These are commonly found at the checkout counters of supermarkets and other retailers. Mishqen College Department of ICT

124 Most barcode readers use a PS/2 wedge cable for output: This cable is connected to the host computer's PS/2 keyboard port with its first end, to the keyboard with its second, and to the barcode reader with its third end. The barcode characters are then received by the host computer as if they came from its keyboard. Many readers can be also equipped with an RS-232 output port so that the decoded characters arrive at the computer via one of its RS-232 connectors. However, USB-based barcode readers are quite rare to date. Today's barcode scanners handle all popular barcode symbologies like EAN/UPC, Code 39 or Code 128. Advanced models also understand rather rarely used symbologies. A special type of barcode reader is the matrix-code reader for decoding two-dimensional codes such as PDF417. Mishqen College Department of ICT

125 Barcode BarcodeReadersBarcodeReaders

126 Microphone is speech input device. Microphone is used to gather sound information to the computer when the computer is a multimedia system. Microphone converts sound into signals that can then be stored, manipulated, and played back by the computer. A microphone, sometimes called a "mic" (pronounced "mike"), is a device that converts sound into an electrical signal. Microphones are used in many applications such as telephones, tape recorders, hearing aids and in radio and television broadcasting. The invention of a practical microphone was crucial to the early development of the telephone system. Emile Berliner invented the first microphone on March 4, 1877, but the first useful microphone was invented by Alexander Graham Bell. Many early developments in microphone design took place in Bell Laboratories. Mishqen College Department of ICT

127 In all microphones, sound waves (sound pressure) are translated into mechanical vibrations in a thin, flexible diaphragm. These sound vibrations are then converted by various methods into an electrical signal which varies in voltage amplitude and frequency in an analog of the original sound. For this reason, a microphone is an acoustic wave to voltage modulation transducer. The following are the most commonly used types of microphones. capacitor microphone, also known as a condenser microphone foil electret microphone dynamic microphone ribbon microphones carbon microphone piezo microphone Microphone can also be categorized as wired (corded) and wireless or cordless. Mishqen College Department of ICT

128 Different types of Microphones Cordless Microphone Corded with standing Microphone Corded Microphone Vast Range of Microphones

129 A display screen that is sensitive to the touch of a finger or stylus. Widely used on ATM machines, retail point-of-sale terminals, car navigation systems, medical monitors and industrial control panels, the touch screen became wildly popular on handhelds after Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007. Touch screens offer several advantages, the primary one being the infinite ways the user interface can be designed and changed compared to a fixed set of physical buttons. If there is no hardware keyboard on the unit, a "soft" keyboard can be displayed on screen whenever text must be typed in. Touch screens are also able to accept hand printing, handwriting, graphics and finger movements. Touch screens can also be made resistant to harsh environments, compared to ordinary computer monitors. All touch screens "digitize" the point of contact on screen into an X-Y coordinate. They fall into two major categories: active digitizer and passive touch screen. Mishqen College Department of ICT

130 Touch Screen Technologies

131 A lightpen is a device similar to a touch screen, but is facilitated by use of a special light sensitive pen instead of the finger. The advantage of using a pen is more accurate screen input than possible with a touch screen, also a light pen needs no special screen but can work with any CRT-based monitor. However, light pens cannot work with LCD screens, projectors etc. A lightpen is fairly simple to implement, but is rather dependent on the video hardware which drives the display. This is one reason it fell out of use - it would require a special port on every video display card, whereas the mouse can be implemented solely in software. In addition, ergonomic factors favour the mouse - it can be tiring to operate a computer using a lightpen over long periods. The lightpen works by sensing the sudden small change in brightness of a point on the screen when the electron gun refreshes that spot. Mishqen College Department of ICT

132 By noting exactly where the scanning has reached at that moment resolves the X,Y position of the pen. This is usually achieved by making the lightpen cause an interrupt, at which point the scan position can be read off from a special register, or computed from a counter or timer. The pen position is updated on every refresh of the screen. Lightpens operate best with relatively slow-scanning displays of low resolution, such as a television screen. The light pen became moderately popular during the early 1980s It was notable for its use in the Fairlight CMI, and the BBC Micro. However the lightpen's usage greatly declined later in the decade with the adoption of mouse-based WIMP interfaces as well as changes in monitor technology. The first light pen was used around 1957 on the Lincoln TX-0 computer at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Mishqen College Department of ICT

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134 A joystick is an input device commonly used to control video games. Joysticks consist of a base and a stick that can be moved in any direction. The stick can be moved slowly or quickly and in different amounts. Some joysticks have sticks that can also be rotated to the left or right. Because of the flexible movements a joystick allows, it can provide much greater control than the keys on a keyboar Joysticks typically include several buttons as well. Most joysticks have at least one button on the top of the stick and another button in the front of the stick for the trigger. Many joysticks also include other buttons on the base that can be pressed using the hand that is not guiding the stick. Joysticks typically connect to your computer using a basic USB or serial port connection and often come with software that allows you to assign the function of each button. Mishqen College Department of ICT

135 Since joysticks emulate the controls of planes and other aircraft, they are best suited for flight simulators and flying action games. However, some gamers like to use joysticks for other types of video games, such as first-person shooters and fighting games. Others prefer using the basic keyboard and mouse, with which they are already accustomed to. Mishqen College Department of ICT Joysticks

136 A graphics tablet (or digitizing tablet) is a computer peripheral device that allows for a relatively simple method of inputing hand-drawn graphics or art into a computer in real time. They typically consist of a large flat surface for drawing on, and an attached "stylus" for drawing on the surface, originally as a part of the electronics, but later simply to provide an accurate but smooth "point". Early graphics tablets, known as spark tablets, used a stylus that generated clicks with a spark plug. The clicks were then triangulated by a series of microphones to locate the pen in space. Needless to say this was a complex and expensive system, one that was also rather sensitive to outside noise. Mishqen College Department of ICT

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138 The term webcam is a combination of "Web" and "video camera." The purpose of a webcam is, not surprisingly, to broadcast video on the Web. Webcams are typically small cameras that either attach to a user's monitor or sit on a desk. Most webcams connect to the computer via USB, though some use a Firewire connection. Webcams typically come with software that allows the user to record video or stream the video on the Web. If the user has a website that supports streaming video, other users can watch the video stream from their Web browsers. Webcam is a camera that is attached to someone's computer. This camera takes pictures every few minutes and updates those pictures to a Web page where everyone can watch. Some Webcams are set up in people's houses and allow you to watch them as they go about their day to day business. Others are set up outside and allow you to watch the scenery of a particular area. They are also called Web cam, or web camera. Most laptops nowadays come with built-in webcam. Mishqen College Department of ICT

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140 A gamepad (also called joypad or control pad), is a type of game controller held in the hand, where the digits (especially thumbs) are used to provide input. Gamepads generally feature a set of action buttons handled with the right thumb and a direction controller handled with the left. The direction controller has traditionally been a four-way digital cross (also named a joypad, or alternatively a D-pad), but most modern controllers additionally (or as a substitute) feature an analog stick. The most common game controller devices are: Gamepad Paddle Trackball Joystick Arcade style Joystick Mishqen College Department of ICT

141 Throttle quadrant Steering wheel Yoke Pedals Keyboard and mouse Gaming keypads and programmable PC controllers Touch screen Motion sensing Light gun Others Mishqen College Department of ICT

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143 A MIDI keyboard is a piano-style digital keyboard device used for sending Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) signals or commands to other devices connected to the same interface as the keyboard. The basic MIDI keyboard does not produce sound. Instead, MIDI information is sent to an electronic module capable of reproducing an array of digital sounds or samples that resemble traditional analog musical instruments. These samples are also referred to as voices. An encoding scheme is used to map a MIDI value to a specific instrument sample. Also, other sound parameters such as note volume and attack are included in the MIDI scheme. The keyboard merely acts as a MIDI controller of sound modules and other MIDI devices, including DAW software. Mishqen College Department of ICT

144 MIDI keyboards are a very common feature of a recording studio, and any DAW setup. Most include a transpose function and the ability to set different octaves. Many MIDI keyboards have pitch bend and modulation wheels. Some also have extra sets of assignable rotary knobs and/or buttons for sending custom MIDI messages to the synthesizer, sampler or DAW software. Other features that some MIDI keyboards might include are: Input for foot switch (usually used as a sustain pedal) Input for a foot expression controller Semi-weighted or fully weighted keys Capability of sending after touch Direct USB connection for use with computers MIDI keyboards come in a range of sizes, from 25 keys (two octaves) to full 88-key length. MIDI keyboards with fewer than 61 keys tend not to have weighted keys. Mishqen College Department of ICT

145 MIDI Keyboard

146 The sole processing device in the computer system is CPU. CPU stands for Central Processing unit. CPU has four main components. CU Control Unit, this sequences, controls and times the other functions of the CPU. ALU Arithmetic Logic Unit, this carries out simple mathematical equations on the binary data stored inside the data registers. Registers These are temporary memory locations which hold binary data and store the results of ALU calculations. There are also memory address registers which, as the name suggests, hold data concerning where in the memory certain instructions and data is held. BUS (FBS – Front Bus Side) This carries data between the memory and registers. Mishqen College Department of ICT

147 CPU is also called processor or microprocessor. The processor (often called the CPU) is the brain of your PC and is where the majority of the work is performed. As its name suggests a processor processes something, that something is data, this data is made up of 0's and 1's (zeroes and ones). Central Processing Unit, Computer CPU, is the component installed in your motherboard socket. The CPU executes and interprets programs, and processes data. Like a calculator it reads the information you give, interprets it, executes the equation, then writes back the result. This gives you the big picture. CPU comes in 2 brands, AMD and Intel. Both build equally good CPUs, with their own features. I think, Intel tend to be more stable and AMD faster for games. Mishqen College Department of ICT




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