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 Gelsinger has committed $80 billion to new factories and research over several years, an investment to help Intel overcome a series of technological lapses that delayed three successive generations of microprocessor. oregonlive, 28 Apr. 2022 Even before it was handed off, Jobs removed several components, including the microprocessor, from the device, which were likely repurposed for other Apple-1 Computers, RR Auction said. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 22 July 2022 Configurable microprocessor architectures that support this level of customization include the Synopsys ARC, RISC-V and Cadence Tensilica processors. Jim Mcgregor, Forbes, 24 June 2022 Zeloof now hopes to match the scale of Intel’s breakthrough 4004 chip from 1971, the first commercial microprocessor, which had 2,300 transistors and was used in calculators and other business machines. Tom Simonite, Wired, 20 Jan. 2022 In fact, the original Intel microprocessor, the 4004, was an ASIC project for Busicom that became a commercial product due to fortuitous circumstances. Steven Leibson, Forbes, 18 May 2022 The bacteria powered an Arm Cortex M0+ processor—a microprocessor widely used in the network of appliances connected to the internet, also called the Internet of Things (IoT), the authors explain in the study. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 May 2022 Apollo Computer introduces the first graphics workstation, based on the Motorola 68000 microprocessor, later joined primarily by competitors Sun Microsystems and Silicon Graphics. Gil Press, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Intel in March released its fastest microprocessor for desktop computers, for example, at a starting price of $739. New York Times, 8 Apr. 2022 See More

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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 12 Aug. 2022.

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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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