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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ But in this case, all three microprocessors failed.
▪ Finally the operating speeds of the motor and microprocessor must be reconciled.
▪ Science and technology deal with things: atoms and galaxies, levers and microprocessors.
▪ The company blamed weak sales and falling chip prices for its microprocessors.
▪ The core of the 68360 is the new CPU32+, based on the 68020 microprocessor.
▪ The priesthood of central computing has already given way to a secular world of laypeople playing with multiplying microprocessors.
▪ This approach also provides a direct illustration of one major application of microprocessors in process control.
▪ To the right-hand side of this most advanced display is the microprocessor time control.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1970, from micro- + processor.


n. (context computer hardware English) the entire CPU of a computer on a single integrated circuit (chip).


n. integrated circuit semiconductor chip that performs the bulk of the processing and controls the parts of a system; "a microprocessor functions as the central processing unit of a microcomputer"; "a disk drive contains a microprocessor to handle the internal functions of the drive"


A 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 digital or 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. 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. As microprocessor designs get faster, the cost of manufacturing a chip (with smaller components built on a semiconductor chip the same size) generally stays the same.

Before microprocessors, small computers had been built using racks of circuit boards with many medium- and small-scale integrated circuits. Microprocessors combined this into one or a few large-scale ICs. Continued increases in microprocessor capacity have since rendered other forms of computers almost completely obsolete (see history of computing hardware), with one or more microprocessors used in everything from the smallest embedded systems and handheld devices to the largest mainframes and supercomputers.

Usage examples of "microprocessor".

The dropsonde is a small metal cylinder sixteen inches long and three inches wide containing a microprocessor, a radio transmitter and a small drogue parachute.

From there, a heat-seeking head equipped with a reprogrammable microprocessor would guide the missile to its target over a maximum range of approximately three miles.

My brain is gimmicked by a microprocessor the size of a quark and costing ten pee and running the whole deal.

We can compare the quantitative predictions of quantum theory with the measured wavelengths of spectral lines of the chemical elements, the behaviour of semiconductors and liquid helium, microprocessors, which kinds of molecules form from their constituent atoms, the existence and properties of white dwarf stars, what happens in masers and lasers, and which materials are susceptible to which kinds of magnetism.

This has to be done just so, in a certain order, or the microprocessors could be damaged.

And industry was turning away from the diamond-encrusted CRAYs, made of a small number of superpowerful processors, and toward less pricey massively parallel computers made up of thousands of inexpensive microprocessors.

First there was the microprocessor, which passed an on-the-spot function check before he installed it on a circuit board and patched the tiny rig into the automatic answering device.

What if his synHeart stopped pumping, the artificial blood stopped flowing, the microprocessor did burn out and .

It has an MC-68000 microprocessor, and two megabytes of bubble memory.

Also around the world, fab lines casually churn out thirty million microprocessors a day, representing 1023 MIPS.

But without the final solution to do one more scouring and to replace the electrolytes in the brain, the microprocessor would not function properly.

This after all, Lis reasoned, the computer age, and she had place outfitted with a microprocessor climate-control that kept the temperature above sixty-two degrees on the coldest of nights and operated the automated jfvents along the roof's peak and roller shades on the south-panes (sunlight being as potentially dangerous as frost.

Among those special chips is the CYPRIS microprocessor, designed to operate at 40 megahertz and able to obtain nearly 35 MIPS (million instructions per second).

You know there's a neural network between the main microprocessor and the nerve sensors.

You see, in microprocessor design, there's this concept known as virtual memory addressing, which allows a computer to behave as though it has access to more memory than actually exists.