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How Microprocessors Work

The microprocessor determines the processing power available for any application you run -- without it, there IS no computer. Learn all about this amazing, ever-shrinking technology that makes your computer compute.


Is Moore's Law outdated?

 Is Moore's Law outdated?

Is Moore's Law oudated? It would seem that Gordon Moore's famous prediction will one day fizzle out. Found out if Moore's Law is now outdated. See more »

How Sandy Bridge Works

 How Sandy Bridge Works

Intel's Sandy Bridge processor architecture follows on the heels of Nehalem and Westmere chips. See what makes Sandy Bridge different. See more »

What is computing power?

 What is computing power?

What is computing power exactly? And what makes one type of machine more powerful than another? Learn about computing power at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Moore's Law Works

 How Moore's Law Works

Moore's Law says computer processors double in complexity every two years. What does that mean? Learn more about Gordon Moore and Moore's Law. See more »

How the Nehalem Microprocessor Microarchitecture Works

 How the Nehalem Microprocessor Microarchitecture Works

Nehalem microprocessor microarchitecture is the basis upon which Intel's Core i7 chip is built. Learn about Nehalem microprocessor microarchitecture. See more »

How small can CPUs get?

 How small can CPUs get?

Small CPU size depends on the number of transistors that can physically be crammed inside. Learn more about how to make a small CPU. See more »

Tech Talk: CPU Quiz

 Tech Talk: CPU Quiz

Take the CPU Quiz at HowStuffWorks to test your knowledge of microprocessors. See how much you know about CPU history and function with the CPU Quiz. See more »

Can computer chips be air-conditioned?

 Can computer chips be air-conditioned?

Computer air conditioning might be on the horizon if scientists at Purdue University perfect their system. Learn more about computer air conditioning. See more »

How Utility Computing Works

 How Utility Computing Works

Utility computing packages different computer resources and sells them based on the user's needs. Learn about utility computing and its pros and cons. See more »

How Parallel Processing Works

 How Parallel Processing Works

Parallel processing allows computer programs to run faster because of the use of more CPUs. Learn more about parallel processing at HowStuffWorks. See more »