Processor (computing)

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Template:Short description Class of electronic units for electronic data processing's Template:About the computer hardware software and systems uses Processor (disambiguation) Template:More citations needed date=May 2019 In computing, a processor or processing unit is a digital circuit which performs operations on some external data source, usually memory or some other data stream.[1] It typically takes the form of a microprocessor, which can be implemented on a single metal–oxide–semiconductor integrated circuit chip.

The term is frequently used to refer to the central processing unit in a system.[2] However, it can also refer to other co-processors.


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  1. ^ "Oxford English Dictionary". Lexico. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Oxford English Dictionary". Lexicon. Retrieved 25 March 2020.