mi·cro·pro·ces·sor | \ˌmī-krō-ˈprä-ˌse-sər, -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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The chipmaker has again delayed the rollout of its 10-nanometer technology, the next generation of smaller, smarter, faster microprocessors. Mike Rogoway, OregonLive.com, "Intel hits a wall on Moore's Law; growth in computing power finally slows," 3 May 2018 Since the Meltdown and Spectre flaws were announced earlier this year, the speculative and predictive capabilities of modern microprocessors have been closely examined, revealing several new attacks. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "New speculative-execution vulnerability strikes AMD, ARM, and Intel," 22 May 2018 Photo: Sipa USA via AP With 1,800 employees, Micron’s Manassas, Va., microprocessor plant is one of the area’s largest employers. Laura Stevens, WSJ, "The Hidden Cost of Trying to Land Amazon’s HQ2," 15 June 2018 Neither company ever integrated well with Intel's core microprocessor technology, however, and Intel has now sold both. Mike Rogoway, OregonLive.com, "Intel sells Wind River subsidiary, reversing work of prior leadership," 3 Apr. 2018 That model generated an outsize flow of profits that Qualcomm poured into developing new generations of wireless chips, as well as microprocessors that handle calculations in mobile devices. Michael J. De La Merced And Don Clark, New York Times, "Broadcom Raises Its Qualcomm Offer to $121 Billion," 5 Feb. 2018 Zilog had quickly captured the midrange microprocessor market with its Z80 CPU. Benj Edwards, PCWorld, "Birth of a standard: The Intel 8086 microprocessor turns 40 today," 8 June 2018 By the late 1990s, customers needing huge amounts of computer power generally had embraced an approach known as massively parallel processing, which involves bundling thousands of mass-market microprocessors of the sort used in desktop computers. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Burton Smith Lost a Supercomputing Race but Won Respect and Influence," 13 Apr. 2018 The microprocessors in standard PCs aren’t as good at solving equations as the specialized processors found on graphics cards. Benny Evangelista, San Francisco Chronicle, "Why the bitcoin revolution is emptying store shelves and making gamers mad," 30 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of microprocessor

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


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: a computer processor contained on an integrated-circuit chip

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