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== Definition ==
A '''microprocessor''' is a [[computer chip]] containing essentially a miniature [[computer]], which is capable of performing arithmetic, logic and control functions.
 
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A '''microprocessor''' is "[a] [[central processing unit]] [[implement]]ed on a single [[chip]]."<ref>ATIS Telecom Glossary 2012 ([http://www.atis.org/glossary/definition.aspx?id=3634 full-text]).</ref>
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== Overview ==
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Three basic characteristics differentiate microprocessors:
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* '''[[Instruction set]]:''' The set of [[instruction]]s that the microprocessor can [[execute]].
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* '''[[Bandwidth]]:''' The number of [[bit]]s processed in a single [[instruction]].
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* '''[[Clock speed]]:''' Given in [[megahertz]] ([[MHz]]), the clock speed determines how many [[instruction]]s per second the processor can [[execute]].
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== References ==
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Latest revision as of 01:59, 19 December 2012

Definition[]

A microprocessor is "[a] central processing unit implemented on a single chip."[1]

Overview[]

Three basic characteristics differentiate microprocessors:

References[]

  1. ATIS Telecom Glossary 2012 (full-text).