central processing unit


Definition of central processing unit

: cpu

Examples of central processing unit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The chip at the heart of most computers, known as the central processing unit (CPU), is designed to be flexible enough to carry out any logical operation. Will Knight, Wired, 27 Dec. 2021 To get there, Chief Executive Pat Gelsinger laid out a plan Monday for the company to introduce at least a new central processing unit—the brains of the modern computer—every year between 2021 and 2025. Asa Fitch, WSJ, 26 July 2021 Ingenuity uses cell phone processor technology including a quad-core central processing unit (CPU) employing the Linux operating system. Curtis Roelle, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 1 May 2021 On Monday, Nvidia added to that pressure by announcing plans to launch its first central processing unit (CPU) chips for servers — a move that will put it in direct competition with Intel in the key data center market. Clare Duffy, CNN, 12 Apr. 2021 Your child’s age is an essential factor to consider when buying a laptop, because a younger child will usually require minimal features and the central processing unit (CPU) performance doesn't need to be super-fast. Kevin Luna, chicagotribune.com, 9 Apr. 2021 All computers have a brain, which is called the central processing unit. Allen Foster, chicagotribune.com, 25 Feb. 2021 Early microprocessors like Intel’s first central processing unit released in 1971 didn't create enough heat to require cooling. Jim Morrison, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Sep. 2020 The central processing unit is the primary processing chip in any computer, including a gaming computer. Kyle Schurman, chicagotribune.com, 8 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of central processing unit

1956, in the meaning defined above

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“Central processing unit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/central%20processing%20unit. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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