Processors

Processors

Processor (computing)

  • Central processing unit (CPU), the hardware within a computer that executes a program
    • Microprocessor, a central processing unit contained on a single integrated circuit (IC)
      • Application-specific instruction set processor (ASIP), a component used in system-on-a-chip design
      • Graphics processing unit (GPU), a processor designed for doing dedicated graphics-rendering computations
      • Physics processing unit (PPU), a dedicated microprocessor designed to handle the calculations of physics
      • Digital signal processor (DSP), a specialized microprocessor designed specifically for digital signal processing
        • Image processor, a specialized DSP used for image processing in digital cameras, mobile phones or other devices
      • Coprocessor
      • Floating-point unit
      • Network processor, a microprocessor specifically targeted at the networking application domain
  • Multi-core processor, single component with two or more independent CPUs (called “cores”) on the same chip carrier or on the same die
  • Front-end processor, a helper processor for communication between a host computer and other devices Processors

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