3. The Real Costs of Microcomputer Utilization

  1. William Smothers
  1. David M. Martin

Published Online: 26 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470320235.ch3

Robotics and Microprocessors: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 5, Issue 9/10

Robotics and Microprocessors: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 5, Issue 9/10

How to Cite

Martin, D. M. (1984) The Real Costs of Microcomputer Utilization, in Robotics and Microprocessors: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 5, Issue 9/10 (ed W. Smothers), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470320235.ch3

Author Information

  1. Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA 50011

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 MAR 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1984

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470374177

Online ISBN: 9780470320235

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Keywords:

  • microcomputer;
  • programming language;
  • educational goals;
  • hardware;
  • photodiodes

Summary

The use and cost of microcomputers in a ceramic engineering curriculum is discussed. Hardware and software requirements for specific educational goals are given. A cost accounting of local, as opposed to mainframe use shows that the low capital and operating costs characteristic of microcomputer use are at least partially offset by indirect costs for hardware and software maintenance.