Laboratory Computer Hardware

  • Joseph J. Capowski


So that you can make the most intelligent use of computers to collect, display, and analyze your neuronanatomical data, you need a certain level of knowledge about computing hardware and software. This chapter focuses on computing hardware, the electronic and mechanical equipment that is used to perform laboratory tasks. Chapter 3 offers an overview of typical computer programs, called “software,” that give the hardware its operating instructions. Both chapters provide information about computers and related laboratory equipment to the level of detail you require. Once you understand the material presented in this chapter and in Chapter 3, your expectations of what computers can do for you in the laboratory should be realistic. The information presented will also enable you to talk intelligently with the people who market computer systems for the laboratory.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph J. Capowski
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Eutectic Electronics, Inc.RaleighUSA
  2. 2.The University of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA

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