Processor

Processor

Processor may refer to:

* Central processing unit (CPU), the part of a computer that interprets instructions
* Microprocessor, a CPU on one chip as part of a microcomputer
* Graphics processing unit (GPU / VPU), a dedicated graphics rendering device for a personal computer or game console: VPU (Visual / Video Processing Unit)
* Physics processing unit (PPU), a dedicated microprocessor designed to handle the calculations of physics
* Digital signal processor, a specialized microprocessor designed specifically for digital signal processing
* Network processor, a microprocessor specifically targeted at the networking application domain
* Front end processor, a helper processor for communication between a host computer and other devices

* Coprocessor
** Arithmetic logic unit
** Floating point unit

Programming

* Data processor, a system that translates or converts between different data formats
* Word processor, a computer application used for the production of printable material
* Audio processor, used in studios and radio stations
* Food processor, a machine for preparing food

ee also

* Processing


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