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 But even as Japan’s effort at chip dominance gained momentum, Intel in the late 1980s introduced the first microprocessor. Milton Ezrati, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2021 This technology enables a single device to execute both input and output functions via an in-sensor microprocessor running firmware. Patrick Moorhead, Forbes, 21 May 2021 That’s where Intel develops each new generation of microprocessor, exporting a manufacturing process developed in Hillsboro to high-volume fabs in Arizona, Israel and Ireland. oregonlive, 8 May 2021 Lawson, an engineer and designer at Fairchild Camera and Instrument Corp. in Silicon Valley, led a team that created a game system using Fairchild's F8 microprocessor and storing games on cartridges. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 6 May 2021 Intel, which long held a commanding lead in microprocessor technology, has suffered embarrassing failures with three consecutive generations of chip technology. oregonlive, 18 Mar. 2021 The hard part was finding one, due to a global shortage of microprocessor chips that has slashed auto production worldwide. BostonGlobe.com, 21 Apr. 2021 Really, how can this happen to a modern, microprocessor controlled, lithium-ion battery at all? Jennifer Leigh Parker, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2021 Qualcomm is fighting the acquisition, as the company relies heavily on Arm for microprocessor intellectual property (IP). Beth Kindig, Forbes, 12 Mar. 2021

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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 Jun. 2021.

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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- \

Kids Definition of microprocessor

: a computer processor contained on an integrated-circuit chip

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