The microprocessor is sometimes referred to as the 'brain' of the personal computer, and is responsible for the processing of the instructions which make up computer software. It houses the central processing unit, commonly referred to as the CPU, and as such is a crucially important part of the home PC. However, how many people really understand how the chip itself works?
This tutorial aims to provide an introduction to the various parts of the microprocessor, and to teach the basics of the architecture and workings of the CPU across three specific sections:
Each section also concludes with a multiple choice quiz with which you can test your knowledge, while some also contain interactive animations in order to improve your learning experience. These animations are in Macromedia Flash format, and will require Flash Player to be installed on your computer. If it is not, please visit the Macromedia website in order to download and install the browser plug-in.
The first section of this tutorial related to the structure of the central processing unit. Please click the button marked with the next arrow below to proceed.
© Matthew Eastaugh, 2004