microprocessor

noun
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 gave up memory chips and doubled down on microprocessors. Safi Bahcall, WIRED, "NASA Needs to Out-Crazy Elon Musk," 3 July 2019 It is not known whether the microprocessor played a role in either crash. Chris Isidore, CNN, "Boeing's 737 Max crisis will stretch into next year," 29 June 2019 The microprocessor will have to be reprogrammed or replaced. USA TODAY, "FAA finds new 'potential risk' in Boeing 737 Max, a setback that could delay plane's return to the skies," 26 June 2019 Intel focused instead on high-margin microprocessors—the 386, 486 and Pentium. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "Lessons From an ’80s Trade War," 7 Oct. 2018 At Hot Chips, one of the industry’s premier academic conferences on microprocessors, experts agreed that the ultimate solution to solving them may require, yes, a lot more talk. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Solving Spectre and Meltdown may ultimately require an entirely new type of processor," 21 Aug. 2018 If a new microprocessor or other electronic component is required, the person added, the delay could stretch into months rather than weeks. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "FAA Finds New Software Problem in Boeing’s 737 MAX," 26 June 2019 Start with the most valuable components that make up an iPhone: the touch-screen display, memory chips, microprocessors and so on. Greg Linden, The Conversation, "The guts of an Apple iPhone show exactly what Trump gets wrong about trade," 25 June 2019 But the chipmaker acknowledged continued problems manufacturing its next generation of microprocessor and pushed back large-scale production into next year. Mike Rogoway, OregonLive.com, "Intel's quarterly results crush expectations; manufacturing troubles loom," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of microprocessor

1969, in the meaning defined above

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microprocessor

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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

microprocessor

noun
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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