Central processing unit

Gennaro avatar. By: Gennaro
Less than a 1 minute read

Home » Vocabulary » Thing » Central processing unit

A central processing unit (CPU), also referred to as a central processor unit, is the hardware within a computer that carries out the instructions of a computer program by performing the basic arithmetical, logical, and input/output operations of the system. The term has been in use in the computer industry at least since the early 1960s. The form, design, and implementation of CPUs have changed over the course of their history, but their fundamental operation remains much the same. The form, design, and implementation of CPUs have changed over the course of their history, but their fundamental operation remains almost unchanged. Principal components of a CPU include the arithmetic logic unit (ALU) that performs arithmetic and logic operations, processor registers that supply operands to the ALU and store the results of ALU operations, and a control unit that orchestrates the fetching (from memory) and execution of instructions by directing the coordinated operations of the ALU, registers and other components.

Join our community
windows report logo

Join our community of over 2 million active users and get the latest and most important Windows content on your email address.

Discussions

Next up

Google Chrome is unresponsive, relaunch now [Fix]

Milan Stanojevic avatar. By: Milan Stanojevic
11 minute read

Google Chrome is unresponsive, relaunch now message can appear in Chrome usually when you try to open a link. This error will force you to […]

Continue Reading

Xbox Wireless Controller error code 10 in Windows 10 [Fix]

Ivan Jenic By: Ivan Jenic
3 minute read

Windows 10 is the most versatile operating system in the world as Microsoft designed it to work with the high variety of peripherals and other […]

Continue Reading

How to fix video streaming problems in Windows 10

Elsie Otachi By: Elsie Otachi
11 minute read

Video streaming problems may occur due to several factors including Internet speed and the type of media player you’re using. If you’re experiencing video streaming […]

Continue Reading