mi·​cro·​pro·​ces·​sor | \ ˌmī-krō-ˈprä-ˌse-sər How to pronounce microprocessor (audio) , -ˈprō- \

Definition of microprocessor

: a computer processor contained on an integrated-circuit chip also : such a processor with memory and associated circuits

Examples of microprocessor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those microprocessor chips inside your phone and your computer? Megan Molteni, Wired, "Vaccine Makers Turn to Microchip Tech to Beat Glass Shortages," 26 June 2020 Intel used to release microprocessor upgrades on a dependable, two-year cadence. oregonlive, "Apple sets two-year timetable for breakup with Intel," 22 June 2020 By switching from Intel to Arm, Apple gets to develop its own, customized microprocessor. Washington Post, "Apple’s new processors give it more power over developers on the Mac," 22 June 2020 The lab is a prerequisite to making microprocessors, more intricate and delicate circuits. Krista Torralva, ExpressNews.com, "Months without hands-on lab classes will leave San Antonio’s university students playing catch-up," 27 May 2020 Shares of microprocessor and computer graphics chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices advanced by double and triple digits in 2018 and 2019, respectively. Dallas News, "Motley Fool: Now’s a good time to focus on Big Pharma dividends," 17 May 2020 With the new Surface Book 3, Microsoft employed the same basic strategy it’s pursued with other Surface devices: Maintain the overall look and feel, while improving the microprocessor and GPU. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft says the Surface Book 3 will be 50 percent faster than before," 6 May 2020 But the devices used at patient bedsides are often complex, using microprocessors, pumping systems, alarms and other technology. Rick Clough, Bloomberg.com, "Trump’s Ventilator Demands Will Test Automaker Supply Chains," 27 Mar. 2020 For their part, Qualcomm, Arm and other chip designers depend on foundries to turn silicon into microprocessors. The Economist, "The technology industry is rife with bottlenecks," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of microprocessor

1969, in the meaning defined above

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“Microprocessor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microprocessor. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of microprocessor

computers : the device in a computer that manages information and controls what the computer does


mi·​cro·​pro·​ces·​sor | \ ˌmī-krō-ˈprä-ˌse-sər How to pronounce microprocessor (audio) , -ˈprō- \

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: a computer processor contained on an integrated-circuit chip

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