The Central Processing Unit

The Central Processing Unit


[1] It is common practice in computer science for the words 'computer' and 1 'processor' to be used interchangeably. More precisely, 'computer' refers to the central processing unit (CPU)together with an internal memory.The internal memory or main storage,control and processing components make up the heart of the computer system. Manufacturers 5 design the CPU to control and carry out basic instructions for their particular computer.

[2] The CPU coordinates all the activities of the various components of the computer. It determines which operations should be carried out and in what order. The CPU The Central Processing Unit can also retrieve information from memoryand 10 can store the results of manipulations back into the memory unitfor later reference.

[3] In digital computers the CPU can be divided into two functional
units called the control unit (CU)and the arithmetic-logical unit
(ALU).These two units are made up of electronic circuits with 15

millions of switches that can be in one of two states, either on or off.

[4] The function of the control unit within the central processor is to

transmit coordinating control signals and commands. The control unit is
that portion of the computer that directs the sequence or step-by The Central Processing Unit-step 20

operations of the system, selects instructions and data from memory, interprets the program instructions, and controls the flow between main storage and the arithmetic-logical unit.

[5] The arithmetic-logical unit, on the other hand, is that portion of the

computer in which the actual arithmetic operations, namely, addition, 25 subtraction, multiplication, division and exponentiation, called for in the instructions are performed. It also performs some kinds of logical operations such as comparing or selecting information. All the operations of the ALU are under the direction of the control unit.

[6] Programs and the data on which the control unit and the ALU The Central Processing Unit operate, 30 must be in internal memory in order to be processed. Thus, if located on secondary memory devices such as disks or tapes, programs and data are first loaded into internal memory.

[7] Main storage and the CPU are connected to a console,where manual

control operations can be performed by an operator.The console is an 35 important, but special purpose, piece of equipment. It is used mainly when the computer is being started up, or during maihtenance-and repair. Many mini and micro systems do not have a console.


Main idea

Which statement best expresses the main idea of the text? Why The Central Processing Unit did you eliminate the other choices?

 1. Main storage is not a part of the processor.

 2. The CPU is made up of the control unit, the arithmetic-logical unit and internal memory.

 3. The CPU is composed of the arithmetic-logical unit and control unit only.

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