multi-core processor

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An integrated circuit processing unit that contains two or more central processors. Each CPU is called a core. Configurations currently available (2008) are dual core (two cores) and quad core (four cores). Functionally the same as the equivalent number of independent CPUs, multi-core processors are smaller, faster, and more power-efficient. All but the cheapest microcomputers now use multi-core processors.

Subjects: Computing.

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