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CPU (Central Processing Unit)

the brain of a COMPUTER which stores and processes data.
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Worldwide Computer Products News-16 October 2002-IBM to ship PowerPC 970 microprocessor in 2003 (C)1995-2002 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com
So what begins with the installation of a tiny, efficient microprocessor often develops into a comprehensive renovation of the entire elevator.
This is the fourth patent Transmeta has filed over the last two years, the others being "Method and apparatus for aliasing memory data in an advanced microprocessor (No 5,926,832), "Method and apparatus for correcting errors in computer systems" (No 5,905,855), and "Memory controller for a microprocessor for detecting a failure of speculation on the physical nature of a component being addressed" (No 5,832,205).
MTA microprocessor technology will allow us to increase the size of future MTA systems to hundreds, even thousands of processors."
The UltraSPARC-II microprocessor family now spans from 250 MHz to 450 MHz.
This is especially true in situations where RAM is integrated on the microprocessor chip, eliminating a current bottleneck in overall system performance.
"The microprocessor allows you to build in more technology in less room," Woiton says.
As director of systems performance analysis and architecture of the Microprocessor Producers Group at Intel in Santa Clara, California, Briggs is working to develop the next generation of microprocessors and systems.
In the same issue of Byte Magazine, John Kelly, a Vice President with IBM, said that "with CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) technology and a lot of hard work, in a decade we'll be using X-ray lithography and other techniques to deliver a (micro)processor that has 50,000,000 to 100,000,000 transistors and operates at 1 gigahertz (1 billion cycles per second)." For comparison, the current Pentium Pro microprocessor includes 5.5 million transistors and operates at 200 megahertz (200 million cycles per second).
The alliance partners agreed to an initial microprocessor roadmap (see Figure 1) that specifies four independent design points.
These experiments are: (1) design of electronic circuitry using transistors, diodes, and logic gates; (2) machine-level programming and burning EPROMs for development of board-level microcontrollers; (3) serial communication between two microprocessors and between a microprocessor and external devices; (4) interrupt programming with application to frequency counting; and (5) design and construction of analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters.
That, to me, is the startling conclusion we draw from what we have learned about the advantages of the microprocessor.

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