The printer is an ouput device which gives the hard copy of the data or graphics stored in the memory of computer. There are two main types of printers.

  1. Impact Printers
  2. Non Impact Printers


  1. Impact Printers

    These printers which uses a print head on which the striking force is applied to print on paper are called impact printers.

    Types of Impact printers

    1. Dot Matrix Printer

      In this type of printers the graph or character is printed in the shape of dots. It uses a print head which consists of pins and every pin consists of a coil and permanent magnet. When the data is applied to the print head the repulsion force between permanent magnet and electromagnet generates and hence the pin with ink is striked on the paper. This will give a dot on the paper.
      Dot Matrix Printer

    2. Thermal Printer

      It is a type of impact printers which is same to dot matrix printer except that a special paper is used. This paper is coated with heat sensitive material. When a pin is hit on the paper the pin convert heat to the paper and that place become black which indicates an dot.
      Thermal Printer

  2. Non impact printers

    Those printers which are do not use print head on which the striking force is apllied for printeing are called non impact printers.
    Types of Non Impact Printers

    1. Ink Jet Printers

      In this printers the ink is sprayed on a paper through nozels. The ink is sprayed through a pump. This pump action produces a dot on the paper.
      Inkjet Printers

    2. Colour Ink Jet Printers

      The colour ink jet printer is basically a ink jet printer except that in colour. Ink jet printers the ink will be of different colours. These colours are sprayed on the paper through nozels. The colour which are Red, Green and Blue are used which produce other colour by mixing these three colours

    3. Laser Printer

      That printer which works on the lazer light or that printer in which laser light is used for printing action is called laser printer.
      Laser Printer

      1. Instruction Cycle

        That time which is needed for the execution of one instruction is called instruction cycle. It consist of machine cycles from 1 to 5 cycles.

      2. Machine Cycle

        that time which is needed to access or address a port or memory location is called machine cycle.

      3. Fetch Cycle

        That part of instruction cycle in whichthe data is fetched from the memory and give it to the insturction decorder is called fetch cycle.

      4. Execute Cycle

        This is that part of instruction cycle in which the instruction is decoded and then the execution is done according to this decoded.

      5. Operation Code (opcode)

        the opcode is the statement of assembly language which performs the operation on the operand.

      6. Operand

        It is that of part of instruction on which the operation or execution is done.