In computing, x86 refers to a category of instruction set architectures, and it is the generic name for Intel processors that are based on the original 8086 CPU developed in 1978.
x86 also includes the 286, 386, 486, and 586 processors, due to the fact the letter x stands for a series of other possible numbers.
Nowadays, the term is widely used for any 32-bit processor compatible with the x86 computer architecture. The modern 64-bit CPU is generally referred to as x86_64.
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If you want to find more details about the x86 architecture and other processing units, take a look at our dedicated CPU section.