Microprocessor

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Central processing units upload
Each instruction in sequence. This code
Says to each CPU:
Here’s a task you must do.
Then the outcome in memory’s stowed. —
DenmarK, central processing unit, OEDILF

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Introduction1

Dictionary

processor (cpu) : the component of a computer system that performs the basic operations (as processing data) of the system, that exchanges data with the system’s memory or peripherals, and that manages the system’s other components — Webster   See also OneLook

Microprocessor (FOLDOC: Free Online Dictionary of Computing)

Encyclopedia

Microprocessor is a computer processor which incorporates the functions of a computer’s central processing unit (CPU) on a single integrated circuit (IC), or at most a few integrated circuits. The microprocessor is a multipurpose, clock driven, register based, programmable electronic device which accepts binary data as input, processes it according to instructions stored in its memory, and provides results as output. Microprocessors contain both combinational logic and sequential digital logic. Microprocessors operate on numbers and symbols represented in the binary numeral system. The integration of a whole CPU onto a single chip or on a few chips greatly reduced the cost of processing power, increasing efficiency. Integrated circuit processors are produced in large numbers by highly automated processes resulting in a low per unit cost. Single-chip processors increase reliability as there are many fewer electrical connections to fail. — Wikipedia

Microprocessor (Encyclopædia Britannica)

Search

Microprocessor (WolframAlpha)

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Innovation

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Preservation

History

Moore’s Law is golden (Computerworld)
Moore’s Law (Wikipedia)

Integrated Circuits (Engineering and Technology History Wiki)

Library

WorldCat, Library of Congress, UPenn Online Books, Open Library

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Participation

Education

MERLOT: Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching
OER Commons: Open Educational Resources

Course

Crash Course: Computer Science (YouTube Channel)

News

CPU World
NPR Archives

Book

ISBNdb

Government

Document

USA.gov

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Expression

Fun

Arts

Chip art, also known as silicon art, chip graffiti or silicon doodling, refers to microscopic artwork built into integrated circuits, also called chips or ICs. Since ICs are printed by photolithography, not constructed a component at a time, there is no additional cost to include features in otherwise unused space on the chip. Designers have used this freedom to put all sorts of artwork on the chips themselves, from designers’ simple initials to rather complex drawings. Given the small size of chips, these figures cannot be seen without a microscope. Chip graffiti is sometimes called the hardware version of software easter eggs. — Wikipedia

Chip Art (National Museum of American History, Smithsonian)
Art on the Head of a Microchip (Bruce Headlam, Molecular Expressions)

Poem

OEDILF: The Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form

Future

returntotop

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Related

Here are links to pages about closely related subjects.

Media

Function Communications Computation Storage Creation Simulation
Analog Mail Device Paper Type, Print Automaton
Electronic Network Calculator Tape Record Elektro
Digital Internet Computer
Hardware Modem Microprocessor Memory Peripheral Robot, XR
Software Service (Web) Program (OS, SS) Database Application AI, VW

Format Multimedia (Video, Animation) Image (Object) Scent, Flavor, Audio (Text) Haptic, “Other

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Notes

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