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? Microprocessors, tiny computer chips, pack a powerful punch and crunch all of the important numbers. How small are microprocessors? What can they do?
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What does CPU stand for?
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When was the first commercial microprocessor introduced?
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Out of what material are computer chips made?
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The width of the smallest wire on a computer chip is typcially measured in:
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Which of the following is not part of a computer chip's job?
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To what do buses and lines connect in a computer chip?
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What does ROM stand for?
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On a PC, what do the BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) instructions do?
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Computer chip designers create language instructions that the microprocessor reads. What translates the words from the instructions into bit patterns the chip can understand?
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About how much address space can a 64-bit microprocessor access?
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The Intel 8086 processor, introduced in 1978, included what important advance?
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How many transistors are included in the Intel Core i7 processor, introduced in 2008?
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The CPU is included on a central component of the computer known as:
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What is a CPU’s clock speed?
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The memory that a CPU can use directly is called:
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The process size of a CPU refers to what?
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A turbo boost allows a CPU to:
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Every CPU needs to:
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Which type of CPU was used in the first IBM personal computer?
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The first commercial processor was used in:
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Which of these is an important manufacturer of CPU chips?
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There’s a concept that states that the number of transistors manufacturers can pack into a chip of the same size doubles every two years. What’s it called?
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The type of processing where multiple instructions are sent to more than one processor to execute at the same time is called:
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What sort of CPU contains a very large number of cores on a single chip?
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What does a transistor do?
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What's the term for a single chip that integrates all the computing components necessary to run a device?
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What type of processor would be included in a household appliance with limited computing capabilities?
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What part of the processor performs arithmetic and logic operations?
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In this sort of processor architecture, the CPU is designed to perform tasks using a small, simplified set of computing instructions:
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What sort of substance has a variable ability to conduct electricity depending upon conditions?
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This is a place on a CPU that holds a small amount of data:
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What's another name for a microchip?
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What part of the CPU stores the location of the instruction to be executed?
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What processor design company came to dominate the mobile device market with their low-power RISC based architecture?
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What is the die size of a processor?
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