Updated: 10/01/2023 by Computer Hope
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Proprietary describes a product that is only compatible with a specific hardware, software, computer, or manufacturer.

Examples of proprietary computer hardware

Below are examples of proprietary computer hardware.


Although Apple now uses some non-proprietary hardware, most of the hardware and software it makes are proprietary and are therefore not listed below.

  • MCA (Micro Channel Architecture)
  • Sbus

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