co·​pro·​ces·​sor | \ (ˌ)kō-ˈprä-se-sər How to pronounce coprocessor (audio) , -ˈprō- \

Definition of coprocessor

: an extra processor in a computer that is designed to perform specialized tasks (such as mathematical calculations)

Examples of coprocessor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cartridge coprocessors will sometimes use the ~21MHz CPU oscillator and sometimes include their own oscillators that run at different frequencies. Ars Technica, "How SNES emulators got a few pixels from complete perfection," 1 Apr. 2020 All new iPhones will also include Apple's new A13 processor, which will add a new component called either the AMX or the matrix coprocessor. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Report: Apple will unveil overhauled MacBook Pro, “Pro” iPhones this fall," 22 Aug. 2019 This bridge card also includes a math coprocessor, which boosts the performance of some tasks. Chris Wilkinson, Ars Technica, "1990, meet 2018: How far does 20MHz of Macintosh IIsi power go today?," 1 July 2018 The company already, after all, makes its own A-series processors for not just the iPhone but also the S-series for the Apple Watch, the W-series for wireless headphones, as well as coprocessors that have already found their way into the Mac line. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "For Apple, Quitting Intel Won't Come Easy," 3 Apr. 2018 The Cray machines use a mix of Intel Xeon processors, Nvidia Tesla P100 GPUs, Xeon Phi coprocessors, and FPGAs, with a number of different interconnects, including InfiniBand (also used in Azure) and Cray's own Aries interconnect. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Cray supercomputers coming to Azure cloud," 23 Oct. 2017 The coprocessor's chief job will be implementing deep neural networks — a machine learning technique with a structure that loosely resembles the human brain — into the HoloLens' core processing unit. Lisa Eadicicco, Time, "A 'Smart Headset' War Between Microsoft and Google Could Revolutionize the Workplace," 24 July 2017 Coprocessors are gaining ground in the Top500, with 71 systems using Nvidia GPUs, 14 using Xeon Phi, and three using both. Peter Sayer, PCWorld, "Mid-range models ring the changes in Top500 supercomputer ranking," 19 June 2017 The schematic is for a NAND flash component, and mentions a ‘PN65V’ model number chip, an NFC chip made by NXP Corp (a company that makes NFC chips for other smartphone manufacturers as well as the iPhone 5s’ motion coprocessor). Christina Bonnington, WIRED, "This Week’s Apple Rumors, Ranked From Dumbest to Most Plausible," 22 Aug. 2014

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1980, in the meaning defined above

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“Coprocessor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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