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Processor Tutorial
INTERNAL COMPONENTS OF A PROCESSOR
DIFF. ARCHITECTURES
CLOCK FREQUENCY
PROCESSOR PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT
MODERN ARCHITECTURE IMPROVEMENTS
INTRODUCTION
WIDER DATA BUSES & REGISTERS
FLOATING POINT UNITS
PIPELINING SYSTEM & its EFFICIENCY
General PIPELINING SYSTEM & its EFFICIENCY
BRANCH PREDICTOR
SUPER SCALAR ARCHITECTURE
IMPORTANT TERMS
HOW INSTRUCTIONS ARE FORMED?
MEMORY
 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

If Designers were only dependent on increasing the clock freq of the processor then CPU performance enhancement could have stalled years ago as laws of physics limit how fast a processor can run. Instead designers have focused on internal structure as well clock speeds to enhance the performance. Since the days of basic 8088 processors, clock speed has gone up by 650 times but performance has been enhanced by over 6500 time which shows that how big is the contribution of internal structure to the performance enhancement. Some of the major architecture improvements are as given next.

 

 

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