Microprocessor

A microprocessor incorporates the functions of a computer's central processing unit (CPU) on a single integrated circuit (IC), or at most a few integrated circuits. It is a multipurpose, programmable device that accepts digital data as input, processes it according to instructions stored in its memory, and provides results as output. It is an example of sequential digital logic, as it has internal memory. Microprocessors operate on numbers and symbols represented in the binary numeral system.

The advent of low-cost computers on integrated circuits has transformed modern society. General-purpose microprocessors in personal computers are used for computation, text editing, multimedia display, and communication over the Internet. Many more microprocessors are part of embedded systems, providing digital control of a myriad of objects from appliances to automobiles to cellular phones and industrial process control.

Read more about Microprocessor:  Origins, Embedded Applications, Structure, Firsts, 8-bit Designs, 12-bit Designs, 16-bit Designs, 32-bit Designs, 64-bit Designs in Personal Computers, Multicore Designs, RISC, Special-purpose Designs, Market Statistics

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