The Processor

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Introduction to the Processor

Introduction to the Processor

Chapter Topics:

  • Machine operations and machine language
  • Example of machine language
  • Different types of processor chips
  • High level programming languages
  • Language translators (compilers)
  • Language interpreters

From previous chapters you know that the major hardware components of a computer system are:

  • Processor
  • Main memory
  • Secondary memory devices
  • Input/output devices

This chapter examines the "brain" of the computer system — the processor. Then it shows how the programs you write are translated into instructions for the processor.


Question 1:

What component of a computer system is directly responsible for running a program?

Source: Bradley Kjell,
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