is the logical name for a computer smaller than the microcomputer, which is
smaller than the minicomputer. (The minicomputer is called "mini"
because it was a lot smaller than the original (mainframe) computers.) More
technically, it is a computer whose fundamental parts are no bigger than a
For comparison, the smallest part of current state-of-the-art
microprocessors measures 45 nm as of February 21, 2007. No commercially
available computers that are named nanocomputers exist at this date, but the
term is used in science