Meaning – The term programmable workstation, refers to a workstation that has some degree of processing capability and that allows a user to change its functions.
A workstation (WS) is a computer dedicated to a user or group of users engaged in business or professional work. It includes one or more high-resolution displays and a faster processor than a personal computer (PC).
The term workstation also has been used to reference a PC or mainframe terminal on a local area network (LAN). These workstations may share network resources with one or more large client computers and network servers.
Eventually, mainstream PCs adapted workstation elements contributing to the decline of the workstation market segment. Additionally, the cost differential decreased between lower-end workstations and higher-end PCs.
Example of usage – “Workstations was the first industry segment to market collaboration tools and advanced accessories and enhancements. These include 3D mice, multiple displays, and high performance/capacity data storage devices.”