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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On Friday, the U.S. raised import tariffs to 25% on $200 billion of Chinese goods, such as circuit boards, microprocessors, vehicle parts and machinery. WSJ, "How Higher Tariffs Affect Different Industries," 11 May 2019 The microprocessor packs 9 billion transistors onto a chip in a small package that can power all of a car’s self-driving features. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Chip Wars 2018: What Intel, Nvidia, AMD and Qualcomm Announced At CES," 9 Jan. 2018 This reads the brush bars resistance against the surface on which its cleaning and communicates that to the vacuum’s motor and the battery’s microprocessors. Sarah Bogdan, Good Housekeeping, "Dyson’s New V11 Torque Drive Stick Vacuum Has Features That Will Blow You Away," 20 Mar. 2019 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

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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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