Made up of one or more microprocessors and associated components. The CPU controls system activities including interpretation and execution of programs. It has an arithmetic logic unit (ALU), timing and control circuitry, accumulator, scratch-pad memory, program counter, address stack, and instruction register.
(CPU)--The portion of a computer that directs the sequences of operations and initiates the proper commands to the computer for execution.
The main component, or "brain," of a computer. It is the chip that performs all of the information processing. The piece of hardware that contains the CPU is often called the CPU. (Terms, Gr. 2-3)
A CPU is the processor in a computer that processes the code and associated data in a computer system.
Component of a computer that performs mathematical calculations and coordinates the flow of information thought the computer
That part of the computer that performs the actual processing; the machine instruction executor. Also used to refer to the unit of the computer that contains the CPU chip (such as the workstation base in a NeXT slab); that part of the computer apart from the monitor and keyboard and mouse.
The part of a computer that includes the circuits that control the interpretation and execution of instructions. Also known as the processor or processing unit.
The part of a computer that controls the entire system and does mathematical processing of data.
The main chip inside every computer that is used to run the operating system and the application software.
The core of a microcomputer system. It contains both the arithmetic/logic unit and the control unit.
The unit of a computer that includes the circuits controlling the interpretation of program instructions and their execution. The CPU controls the entire computer. It receives and sends data through input-output channels, retrieves data and programs from memory, and conducts mathematical and logical functions of a program.
The part of the computer that accepts data from outside devices, processes them, and delivers them to storage. It contains the arithmetic and logic unit and the control unit.
The part of an insurer's computing system containing the circuits that calculate and perform logic decisions based on a manual program of operating instructions.
The component of a computer system that interprets and carries out program instructions. See also HARDWARE.
The part of the system that controls the interpretation and execution of instructions.
CPU. The computing and control part of the computer. The CPU in a mainframe computer may be contained on many printed circuit boards; the CPU in a mini computer may be contained on several boards; and the CPU in a PC is contained in a single extremely powerful microprocessor.
The microprocessor that is the main controller for a PLC system or other computer controlled system.
A computer's main processor that is responsible for executing instructions, such as those necessary to run software.
The part of the computer (machine) that includes the circuits that control the interpretation and execution of the machine instructions.
hardware component where processing of data occurs, along with control activities for other components.
This is the heart of a PC and is also known as the micro-processor or IC chip. IC= Integrated Circuit
a part of a computer which performs the actual data processing operations and controls the whole computing system. [SILC99
Essentially the "brains" of your computer - the CPU actually executes instructions and processes data.
( CPU) - The part of the computer which historically performed all logic and most calculations. In PC-compatible systems, the CPU is on a single microprocessor chip. Many high-performance computers, including PCs, have more than one processing unit, often organized in such a way that none qualifies as the "central" processing unit.
(abbreviation: CPU) The main silicon chip that runs a computer's operating system and application software. It performs a computer's essential mathematical functions and controls essential operations. Intel CPUs in PCs were numbered by generation: 286, 386, 486. This numbering scheme was abandoned by Intel with the Pentium CPU, which would be the 586, and the Pentium Pro, which would the 686. Motorola PowerPC CPUs have maintained a consistent numbering convention: 601, 603, 604.
This is the "brain" of a modern computer system. The CPU is the unit that executes programs on a PC.
An arrangement of circuitry using computer circuit techniques usually consisting of memory elements, signal processing circuitry, and a means to input and output data at very high speed.
A microchip containing the logic circuitry that responds to and processes instructions that drive the computer.
Electronic circuits that interpret and execute instructions and communicates with the input, output, and storage devices.
Level: Component The part of a computer that interprets and executes instructions contained in the software and controls all the other parts of the computer. A family of CPU designs is often referred to as CPU architecture. Well-known CPU architectures include Intel's x86 architecture, Motorola's 68000 architecture, Sun Microsystems's SPARC architecture, the AIM Alliance's PowerPC architecture. Today, most desktop computers have 32-bit processors; 64-bit processors are being phased in. Smaller devices (mobile phones, PDAs, video game devices) may have 16-bit or 8-bit processors. See also: computing device
also called the microprocessor or processor, is the chip that carries out the instructions it receives from your software.
the electronic nerve center (brain) of a computer
The central processing unit (CPU) is an integrated circuit chip (IC) that controls and directs the activities of the computer. Considered the 'brain' of your computer, it is identified by manufacturer, model, and processing speed in megahertz (MHz). Major manufacturers include Intel, Motorola, Cyrix, AMD(Advanced Micro Devices), and IBM. Intel is considered to be the #1 manufacturer and sets the standards for processors.
Often referred to as a microprocessor, it is a silicon chip located inside the system unit that controls and regulates all computer processes.
A part of a system. The CPU interprets and executes instructions and contains all or part of internal storage. The central processor contains an Execution Unit and a Control Unit.
The "brain" of the computer that performs the actual computations. The term Micro Processor Unit (MPU) is also used.
the main number-processing and control section of a computer. In a microcomputer the CPU will be a microprocessor.
carries out the arithmetic & logical operations as well as controlling all communications requirements
Processor that controls the operation of a handheld computer. It is also called a chip or brain.
The main component, or "brain," of a computer. It includes the components that perform all of the information processing.
The part of a computer that contains the logic computation and control circuits. It controls the interpretation and execution of instructions and sometimes contains memory.
(computer science) the part of a computer (a microprocessor chip) that does most of the data processing; the CPU and the memory form the central part of a computer to which the peripherals are attached
an older term for processor and microprocessor, the central unit in a computer containing the logic circuitry that performs the instructions of a computer's programs
The part of a computer which is composed of the arithmetic-logic unit (ALU) and the control unit.
the logic circuitry that executes the command instructions that drive a computer
The brain of a computer. The central processing unit contains circuits that execute instructions and control the other units of a computer. Note that this "brain" usually has only enough memory to store a few instructions at a time.
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The processor in a PC. A typical example would be a Pentium or a Celeron.
The part of a computer that includes the circuits that interpret and execute instructions. The CPU, or microprocessor, is the “brain” of the computer.
The chip located inside the system unit of a computer that performs the processing for a computer.
In a PC, it is the microprocessor plugged into its motherboard controlling all computer operations, eg one of Intel's Pentiums or one of AMD's Durons.
The main part of the computer, its 'brain', consisting of the central memory, arithmetic logic unit and control unit. Also called the central processor.
The part of a computer which accepts and acts on instructions; where calculations are done and communications controlled. Also used generically for the computer's electronics (not terminals and I/O devices).
The central unit in a computer containing the logic circuitry that performs the instructions of a computer's programs. Also known as the processor or microprocessor.
Component of the system unit that interprets and carries out the basic instructions that operate a computer. The CPU significantly impacts overall computing power and manages most of a computer's operations. Most of the devices connected to the computer communicate with the CPU in order to carry out a task. The CPU contains the control unit and the arithmetic/logic unit; these two components work together to perform processing operations. Also called a processor. 1.6, 4.4, 4.5- 13 installation and upgrades, 4.11-12 memory and, 7.3 personal computer, 4.9-11 purchasing computer and, 8.49 starting computer, 8.5
The main processing element of a switch or microprocessor.
The part of the computer that performs the actual processing. It is generally referred to as the brain of a computer. The CPU is directly related to a computer's performance. Also this term sometimes refers to the unit of the computer that contains the CPU chip, or the part of the computer apart from the monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
The part of a computer that interprets and executes instructions. It is often referred to as the brain of the computer.
(architecture, processor) (CPU, processor) The part of a computer which controls all the other parts. Designs vary widely but, in general, the CPU consists of the control unit, the arithmetic and logic unit (ALU) and memory (registers, cache, RAM and ROM) as well as various temporary buffers and other logic. The control unit fetches instructions from memory and decodes them to produce signals which control the other part of the computer. This may cause it to transfer data between memory and ALU or to activate peripherals to perform input or output. A parallel computer has several CPUs which may share other resources such as memory and peripherals. The term "processor" has to some extent replaced "CPU", though RAM and ROM are not normally considered as part of a processor. This is particularly true of common modern microprocessors though there have been microprocessors which include RAM and/or ROM on the same integrated circuit.
The electronic component of a computer system that processes data. The CPU can carry out arithmetic and logic operations. It controls the hardware of a computer system and stores data and instructions in memory.
generally used to mean the microprocessor, the integrated circuit which is the controlling core of a personal computer, usually situated in the box with the hard disc. Sometimes used to refer to the box and its contents.
Central Processing Unit (CPU) is the main processing chip of a computer. the part of the computer or computer system which performs core processing functions.
The "brain" of the computer. The computer element that is responsible for carrying out the primary processing functions.
(CPU) -- The unit of a computing system that includes circuits controlling the interpretation of instructions and their execution.
The "brain" component of a computer where data calculation and decision making takes place. The CPU is dependent on many ancillary sub-systems to function - including memory, input/output systems, and a set of detailed instructions - the program.
Main processing unit of a computer.
(CPU) - The circuitry that executes program instructions.
Computer hardware that houses the electronic circuits that control/direct all operations of the computer system
A chip inside the computer that essentially functions as the brain of the computer. It is the single greatest determinant of a computer's power and speed.
A processing device, including a case and all its contents, such as the primary printed circuit board, additional printed circuit boards, one or more disc drives, interior wiring and a power cord. Within elements of the computer manufacturing industry, a CPU may apply only to its chips.
Part of the computer that executes stored program instructions. This is what reads software applications, floppy diskettes, CD ROMs, and hard drives, and allows the user to see the data or application interfaces.
Also known as the microprocessor, the CPU is the brain of any computer, controlling all functions and actions. Its speed is measured in megahertz (MHz) or gigahertz (GHz), respectively millions or billions of cycles per second. The faster the CPU, the quicker the machine.
The "brain" of a computer where all the number-crunching is performed.
The component of a computer in which data processing takes place.
The part of a computer that executes programs. The quality of the CPU combined with the speed of the computer is one main indication of how fast software will run. Typical CPU's on IBM's include 8088 (very old), 30286 ('286), '386, '486, and Pentium ('586). Only the last three can run Windows successfully. Most modern software requires a ``80386 or better,'' which is to say, an 80386, '486, or '586. See MHz for information on measuring the speed of a computer.
Central Processing Unit of a computer. Working alone or with other CPUs, it consists of a control unit and an arithmetic-logic unit (ALU).
The computer hardware and software that decodes and carries out instructions.
Sometimes called the CPU or the processor. A chip in personal computers that control everything in the computer.
The â€œbrainâ€ of a computer. On the TI-83 series of graphing calculators, the CPU is the ZiLOG 80, the same CPU used in the orginal GameBoy. Sorry, GameBoy games will not run on your calculator! (â€œWoah wait, it has a CPU!?â€ Of course it does. How else could it run programs?)
the brain of the computer that processes instructions and manages the flow of information through a computer system.
Commonly known as the CPU, the central processing unit is the brains behind your computer. The CPU is responsible for performing calculations and tasks that make programs work. The faster the CPU, the quicker programs can process computations. Source: TechSoup.org
the brain of the computer. Two major determinate of the power of the computer are: type of CPU, and clock speed. Types of CPUs are Pentium, Celeron, Pentium III, Pentium III Coppermine, etc. Manufacturers include Cyrex, AMD, and Intel. The CPU sits on the motherboard.
An older term used for processor.
(CPU) The main processing chip of a computer. The CPU interprets and executes the actual computing tasks, and has the ability to transfer information to and from other resources over the computer's main data-transfer path, the bus.
Inside each computer is a single chip that performs all the processing of information. This chip is technically the CPU, but the entire computer is generally referred to as the CPU.
a silicon chip that performs calculations and acts as the brain of a computer.
(CPU): The brain of the computer. Two components found in the CPU are the arithmetic logic unit, which performs calculations and logical operations, and the control unit, which decodes and executes instructions.
The portion of computer hardware which executes machine instructions such as add, move, multiply, and branch.
Central processing unit (CPU) refers to the microprocessor and the memory of the computer.
"CPU" is the thinking part of your computer ex: Intel is a type of processor chip measured in terms of speed -- usually megahertz (MHz)
The part of a computing system that contains the arithmetic and logical units, instruction control unit, timing generators, and memory and I/O interfaces.
The "brains" of the computer.
The central processing unit (CPU) is the main computational unit in a computer and the one that executes instructions. The CPU is of interest to device driver writers because its associated architecture influences the design of the driver. For example, CPUs can have different mechanisms for handling memory mapping.
Part of computer that performs logic and calculations
"Brain" that controls the operations of a computer. The CPU is the place where arithmetic and logical operations are conducted. All program instructions to be executed must be held within the central processor, and all data to be processed must first be loaded into this unit.
(CPU)- The computer's internal storage, processing, and control circuitry; including the arithmetic-logic unit (ALU), the control unit, and the primary storage unit.
That portion of a computer that controls and performs the execution of instructions.
The brain of the computer system used for retrieving, decoding, and executing instructions. The CPU incorporates the control unit, the arithmetic/logic unit, memory, and related facilities.
the microprocessor "brain" of a computer, such as a Pentium or PowerPC chip. See CPU, DSP, DMA, parallel processing, MHz.
The part of a computer that controls all the other parts. The CPU fetches instructions from memory and decodes them. This may cause it to transfer data to or from memory or to activate peripherals to perform input or output.
The part of a processor that executes instructions.
Abbreviated CPU, the part of the computer that controls all that goes on within the hardware during operations. It may be a single microprocessor in a personal computer or take up several circuit boards in a mainframe.
Computer section containing memory and processing circuitry for the operations controlled by the computer.
A central processing unit (CPU), or sometimes simply processor, is the component in a digital computer that interprets computer program instructions and processes data. CPUs provide the fundamental digital computer trait of programmability, and are one of the necessary components found in computers of any era, along with primary storage and input/output facilities. A CPU that is manufactured as a single integrated circuit is usually known as a microprocessor.