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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 [[computer chip]] containing essentially a miniature [[computer]], which is capable of performing arithmetic, logic and control functions. 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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Revision as of 19:37, 3 May 2010

A microprocessor is a computer chip containing essentially a miniature computer, which is capable of performing arithmetic, logic and control functions. Three basic characteristics differentiate microprocessors: