technology is changing at an astonishing rate as the two major
microprocessor manufacturers, Intel and AMD (Advanced Micro Designs)
compete for their share of the personal computer market. With so many
microprocessors from which to choose, it is often difficult to select one
that will meet your needs. Understanding how microprocessors work might
make that decision a little easier. There are many Web sites that provide
valuable information about changes in microprocessor technology, the
differences between microprocessors, and even their flaws and weaknesses.
and Information A good starting point to help you to decide which
processor is the right one for you can be found at www.howstuffworks.com/microprocessor.htm.
The site describes basic microprocessor design and function, as well as
information about microprocessor function, history, and performance.
Additional information for gamers looking for the best processors to use
in gaming applications can be found at extreme.pcvsconsole.com/view.php?news=155.
The site www.x86.org includes
articles about the x86 microprocessor design. It also provides links to
processor and motherboard manuals, Intel “secrets”, and related
microprocessor articles, making it easy to keep current in this rapidly
Intel Microprocessors Intel
designs and manufactures more PC microprocessors than any other company in
the world. They have a long history of processor development, starting in
1968 and introducing the world's first commercial microprocessor in 1971.
Intel’s line of x86 microprocessors, which includes modern Pentium
processors, makes up more than half of all of the processors found in new
PCs. Visit the Intel Web site at www.intel.com
to learn more about their processors, including where to purchase them,
and what developments to expect in the future. Intel also hosts a Webpage
that offers users a thorough description of the workings of their
microprocessors at this Intel
Web page. This document is just one of many educational resources
about Intel microprocessors that can be viewed at Intel's "Intel
Innovation in Education" webpage.
AMD Microprocessors AMD
is Intel’s major competitor for the x86 processor design used in PCs.
AMD holds a full 30% of the market share of PC microprocessors and its
growth continues. AMD’s competition with Intel to build superior
processors has kept the technology in this field progressing and the
pricing down. Read all about AMD microprocessors--including their designs,
features, and prices--at their Web site www.amd.com.
Visit their FAQ
page for additional information.
Additional Links You
can gain valuable insight into the secrets and bugs in the world of
microprocessors at both www.cs.earlham.edu/~dusko/cs63
Additional information about x86 microprocessors is available at this Webopedia
definition page. For more information about microprocessors in
general, see this Wikipedia
page. These two sites also provide valuable resources, including
microprocessor terminology and links to other pages that cover specific
topics related to microprocessors. Visit this
page for information on the latest Mac processor technology.