CPU is a well-known acronym in the computing world, but what is in them? Learn more about CPUs, including the newest processors and the technology behind CPU speed.

Tech Talk: CPU Quiz

When you sit at your computer, browsing the Internet, playing video games and running word processors, it's easy to feel like you're in control. But have you ever thought about what really makes your desktop or laptop run?

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    Can computer chips be air-conditioned?

    It takes a pretty big AC unit to lower the temperature of your entire house or apartment. And while you may not think about keeping your computer cool, it can overheat, too. Is there an air conditioner small enough to cool a computer chip? See more »

  • How EUVL Chipmaking Works

    How EUVL Chipmaking Works

    Silicon microprocessors are about to reach the limit to their storage capacity. But one technology may extend the life of the silicon microchip -- it's called extreme-ultraviolet lithography, and it may keep silicon useful for a few years longer. See more »

  • How Microprocessors Work

    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. See more »

  • How Moore's Law Works

    How Moore's Law Works

    According to Moore's Law, computer processors double in complexity every two years. Is this really a law, and who is Gordon Moore, anyway? See more »

  • How Parallel Processing Works

    How Parallel Processing Works

    People are switching to parallel processing to share big computing jobs between several smaller, less-expensive chips. But how does each processor know what to work on? See more »

  • How Sandy Bridge Works

    How Sandy Bridge Works

    Chasing Moore's Law requires a lot of research and development. Intel's Sandy Bridge processor architecture follows on the heels of Nehalem and Westmere chips. What makes Sandy Bridge different? See more »

  • How Shared Computing Works

    How Shared Computing Works

    Instead of installing a supercomputer in your home, what if you bought many regular computers? That's the idea behind shared computing. But how does it work? See more »

  • How small can CPUs get?

    How small can CPUs get?

    Advances in technology have allowed microprocessor manufacturers to double the number of transistors on a CPU chip every two years. How long can they keep this up? See more »

  • How the Nehalem Microprocessor Microarchitecture Works

    How the Nehalem Microprocessor Microarchitecture Works

    Like clockwork, microprocessor manufacturers develop new and better chips to power our computers. What makes Intel's Nehalem chip so different? See more »

  • How Utility Computing Works

    How Utility Computing Works

    Utility computing lets you pay as you go for your company's computing needs. Would you be willing to let someone else take care of your hardware and software? See more »

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