co·​pro·​ces·​sor (ˌ)kō-ˈprä-se-sər How to pronounce coprocessor (audio)
: 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 Machine-learning models often run well on modern graphics architectures, but there’s tension in how GPU, CPU, and dedicated AI coprocessors—all of which are relevant to AI performance, depending on its implementation—combine in a consumer product. IEEE Spectrum, 25 Nov. 2022 Ti coprocessor to render even the most graphics-heavy games beautifully. Nikolas Greenwald, Good Housekeeping, 10 Oct. 2022 Presumably the tablet will also have the same Titan M2 security coprocessor as the Pixels. Will Greenwald, PCMAG, 6 Oct. 2022 Some always-on health features can also rely on the machine learning core in the coprocessor, such as activity recognition, sleep tracking, and fall detection, meaning these functions might not cost you as much battery life as before. Wired, 20 July 2022 Intel solved the latter problem with a new AI matrix engine coprocessor. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, 19 Aug. 2021 Hudson suspects that Intel made the change using firmware that runs in the Intel Management Engine, a security and management coprocessor inside the CPU chipset that handles access to the OTP fuses, among many other things. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 14 Nov. 2020 Cartridge coprocessors will sometimes use the ~21MHz CPU oscillator and sometimes include their own oscillators that run at different frequencies. Ars Technica, 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, 22 Aug. 2019 See More

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First Known Use

1980, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of coprocessor was in 1980

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“Coprocessor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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co·​pro·​ces·​sor kō-ˈpräs-ˌes-ər How to pronounce coprocessor (audio)
: an extra processor in a computer that is designed to perform specialized tasks

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