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

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Intel claimed almost the entirety of microprocessor chip sales that power corporate and cloud-based server computers in recent years and the lion’s share of the lucrative desktop and notebook PC markets, as well. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Why AMD's Stock Price Is Soaring and Intel's Is Falling Hard," 18 June 2018 In an extreme move, Apple sent a letter to congress on Monday denying that China surreptitiously implanted microprocessors in its devices as part of a clandestine eavesdropping campaign. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Apple Denies Chinese Microchip Hack in a Fiery Letter to Congress," 8 Oct. 2018 In 2000, when Transmeta thrust low-power microprocessors into the spotlight, Intel’s Centrino messaging was all about its combination of processor, chipset and wireless. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel's Whiskey Lake notebook chip launches, emphasizing connectivity this time around," 28 Aug. 2018 Overall, China is Oregon's top trade partner, importing a wide variety of other products that are not subject to the new tariffs, including wheat and microprocessors and other components for electronic devices. Tribune News Service, OregonLive.com, "Tariffs hit Oregon farm goods," 5 Apr. 2018 It’s validated by the microprocessor (6), and the door unlocks. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Things Come Apart: Smart Lock," 28 Dec. 2018 At the time, Unix typically ran on expensive systems built by companies such as IBM and Sun Microsystems that used their own microprocessors. Robert Mcmillan, WSJ, "Linux Cements Move to Business Mainstay From Maverick With IBM Deal," 30 Oct. 2018 The cause of the new public relations crisis is the disclosure last week of two new ways to filch data from the microprocessors inside nearly all of the world’s computers. Don Clark, New York Times, "Intel Faces Scrutiny as Questions Swirl Over Chip Security," 7 Jan. 2018 Electric devices, especially microprocessors, like clean power. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "How the Honda EU2200i Generator Is Getting Me Through Hurricane Florence," 17 Sep. 2018

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1969, in the meaning defined above

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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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