coprocessor

noun
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 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 This bridge card also includes a math coprocessor, which boosts the performance of some tasks. Chris Wilkinson, Ars Technica, 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, 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, 23 Oct. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of coprocessor

1980, in the meaning defined above

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27 Jul 2022

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“Coprocessor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coprocessor. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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