1.3 Third Generation Computers

Third Generation Computers

As a result of circuit boards, the speed of computers saw a substantial change between 1964 and 1971. Large thousands of tiny circuits were stacked on silicon chips to form integrated circuits or microprocessor chips. This not only enhanced computer speed, but also made them smaller, more powerful, and cheaper. In addition, instead of punch cards and printouts, keyboards and displays enabled people to communicate with computers.