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Why the name Microprocerssor

We might have often heard the word Microprocessor To put this shortly, every electronic device today uses microprocessors in some form. In fact if you can see this page is because your device uses a microprocessor.


The name itself specifies its meaning by splitting the word micro-processor into two "MICRO" is derived from a Greek word Micros which means small (in size, quantity, number and dignity) and "PROCESSOR" is the logic circuitry that responds to and processes the basic instructions.

It is so called because this device comprises of transistors which are small in size (micro-meter). The word micro is used in electronics and in science generally, to mean One-millionth or 10^-6. It has also used to denote something very small like a very small processor or microprocessor.


It has also become an abbreviation for microprocessor, microcomputer, microprocessor-based system or a microcontroller indeed almost anything that has micro in its name.

In the scientific sense, the word micro is represented by the Greek letter (ยต). The advent of low-cost computers on integrated circuits has completely transformed modern society marking the Computer Age. General-purpose microprocessors in personal computers are used for computation, text editing, multimedia display, and communication over the Internet, signal processing, mobile phones and many such applications.

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