mi·​cro·​pro·​ces·​sor ˌmī-krō-ˈprä-ˌse-sər How to pronounce microprocessor (audio)
: 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 As part of the policies, the Beijing government will do away with U.S. microprocessors from Intel and AMD, the Financial Times reported. Francisco Velasquez, Quartz, 24 Mar. 2024 What Burn Book makes clear is that just like microprocessors, oddball founders, and VC pitch decks, Swisher is part of the firmament of the technology industry. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 27 Feb. 2024 Intel had invented microprocessors only four years earlier. Andy Kessler, WSJ, 31 Dec. 2023 The electromechanical movement is equipped with a microprocessor specially designed to conserve energy. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 5 Mar. 2024 East Asian manufacturers such as Taiwan’s TSMC and South Korea’s Samsung have emerged as leaders, with a near-complete duopoly on the advanced microprocessors that power high-consumption tech like virtual reality and artificial intelligence. Dylan Sloan, Fortune, 9 Feb. 2024 After several years working in engineering, including as a microprocessor designer, Huang cofounded Nvidia in 1993 at another roadside Denny’s in East San Jose—while eating, not serving. Jane Thier, Fortune, 22 Feb. 2024 This act of collegial generosity coincided with microprocessor revolution, so that professors, budding programmers and emerging computer companies had a free, easy-to-use language to utilize. Michael S. Rosenwald, New York Times, 22 Feb. 2024 Consider also the case of Gilbert Hyatt, inventor of the first single-chip microprocessor back in 1990. K. Lloyd Billingsley, Orange County Register, 25 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1969, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of microprocessor was in 1969

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“Microprocessor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microprocessor. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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mi·​cro·​pro·​ces·​sor ˌmī-krō-ˈpräs-ˌes-ər How to pronounce microprocessor (audio)
: a cpu contained on an integrated-circuit chip

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