Summary - Canadian Industry Statistics

Computer and peripheral equipment manufacturing - 33411


This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in manufacturing computers and computer peripheral equipment.

Computers can be digital, analogue or hybrid. The most common type, digital, are devices that can do all of the following: (1) store the processing program or programs and the data immediately necessary for the execution of the program; (2) be freely programmed in accordance with the requirements of the user; (3) perform arithmetical computations specified by the user; and (4) execute, without human intervention, a processing program that requires the computer to modify its execution, by logical decision, during the processing run.

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    Analogue computers are capable of simulating mathematical models and comprise, at least, analogue, control and programming elements.

    Peripherals are assemblies of components that are self-contained, but designed for use with computers. For purposes of classification, a peripheral must consist of more than a loaded circuit board. Peripheral equipment may be installed inside or outside the computer's housing. Important types of peripheral equipment are input-output devices, such as monitors, keyboards, mice and joysticks; storage devices, such as disk drives and CD-ROM readers; and printers. "Dumb" computer terminals, automated teller machines (ATM's), point-of-sale (POS) terminals and bar code scanners are treated as peripheral equipment.

    Computers and peripheral equipment may be sold complete or in kits to be assembled by the purchaser.

    Example Activities:
    Analog computers, manufacturing
    ATM's (automatic teller machines), manufacturing
    Automatic teller machines (ATM), manufacturing
    Bar code scanners, manufacturing
    CD-ROM drives, manufacturing
    Computer terminals, manufacturing
    Computers, manufacturing
    Digital cameras, manufacturing
    Digital computers, manufacturing
    Direct access storage devices, manufacturing
    Disk drives, computer, manufacturing
    DVD (digital video disc) drives, computer peripheral equipment, manufacturing
    Flat panel displays (i.e., complete units), computer peripheral equipment, manufacturing
    Hand-held computer (e.g., PDA's), manufacturing
    Joystick devices, manufacturing
    Keyboards, computer peripheral equipment, manufacturing
    Mainframe computers, manufacturing
    Microcomputers, manufacturing
    Minicomputers, manufacturing
    Monitors, computer peripheral equipment, manufacturing
    Mouse devices, computer peripheral equipment, manufacturing
    Optical readers and scanners, manufacturing
    Overhead projectors, computer peripheral-type, manufacturing
    Personal computers, manufacturing
    Pointing devices, computer peripheral equipment, manufacturing
    Point-of-sale (POS) terminals, manufacturing
    Printers, computer, manufacturing
    Storage devices, computer, manufacturing
    Tape storage units (e.g., drives, backups), computer peripheral equipment, manufacturing
    Terminals, computer, manufacturing


    Establishments primarily engaged in:
    manufacturing digital telecommunications switches, local area network and wide area network communications equipment, such as bridges, routers and gateways.


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