^ Stuff About Them ^
What is a Microprocessor?
"A microprocessor is a chip that incorporates all the functions of a computer's central processing unit onto a single integrated circuit (IC). It is a multipurpose, programmable, multipurpose device which uses digital data as its input, then processes it according to instructions stored in its memory, and provides results as output. It is an example of “sequential digital logic” because it has internal memory. This means that it can use the history of its input to define the output. Microprocessors operate on numbers in the form of binary.
Low-cost computers on integrated circuits have transformed modern society. General-purpose microprocessors in PCs are used for computing, text editing, displaying information, and communication over the Internet, and throughout the world. A lot of microprocessors are part of smaller systems, providing digital control on many objects varying from appliances to cars to mobile phones."
~Quote from The Knight Of NI!
Some History about the Microprocessor
Speed and Clock Rate
The clock rate is the speed at which a microprocessor executes instructions. Every computer contains an internal clock that regulates the rate at which instructions are executed and synchronizes all the various computer components. The CPU requires a fixed number of clock ticks (or clock cycles) to execute each instruction. The faster the clock, the more instructions the CPU can execute per second.