CPU also referred as microprocessor. It is a Brain as well as Heart of normal computer. It is a part of Desktop, Laptop or Server. It is a complete computation engine that is fabricated on a single chip. The CPU is where most calculations take place. It is the most important part of a computer system. The first microprocessor was the Intel 4004, introduced in 1971. It was not very powerful, it could do only add and subtract. It was 4 bit chip. Prior to the 4004, engineers built computers either from collections of chips, transistors and other components. The 4004 powered one of the first portable electronic calculators. -------------------------------------------------
Intel 4004Busicom Calculators 4004/Core duo wafer
Cited from http://www.intel.com/museum/archives/history_docs/index.htm Today’s personal computers have more processing power and storage space than the famous Cray-1 supercomputer. In 1976, the Cray-1 was state-of-the-art: it could process 160 million floating-point operations per second (flops) and had 8 megabytes (MB) of memory. Today, many personal computers can perform more than 10 times that number of floating-point operations in a second and have 100 times the amount of memory. The man who first made is Gordon Moore, a co-founder of the microprocessor company Intel. Computer scientists, electrical engineers, manufacturers and journalists extrapolated Moore's Law from his original observation. In general, most people interpret Moore's Law to mean the number of transistors on a 1-inch (2.5 centimeter) diameter of silicon doubles every x number of months. Today, Intel's Core i7 microprocessor has 731 million transistors, while its Xeon processor has 1.9 billion transistors [source: Intel]. Intel and AMD are big manufacturer of Micro processor.
Timeline of Intel Processor
Name| Date| Transistors| Microns| Clock speed| Data width| 8080| 1974| 6,000| 6| 2 MHz| 8 bits|
8088| 1979| 29,000| 3| 5 MHz| 16 bits
80286| 1982| 134,000| 1.5| 6 MHz| 16 bits|
80386| 1985| 275,000| 1.5| 16 MHz| 32 bits|
80486| 1989| 1,200,000| 1| 25 MHz| 32 bits|
Pentium| 1993| 3,100,000| 0.8| 60 MHz| 32 bits
Pentium II| 1997| 7,500,000| 0.35| 233 MHz| 32 bits
Pentium III| 1999| 9,500,000| 0.25| 450 MHz| 32 bits
Pentium 4| 2000| 42,000,000| 0.18| 1.5 GHz| 32 bits
Core 2 duo| 2008| 410 million| | 3.6 GHz| 64 bit bus| Core 2 Quad| 2008| 820 million| | 2.5 GHz| 64 bit bus|
How to Making Chip:
Microprocessors are made using a process called lithography. Specifically, deep-ultraviolet lithography is used to make the current breed of microchips.
Lithography is to photography in that it uses light to transfer images onto a substrate... Silicon is the traditional substrate used in chip making. To create the integrated circuit design that's on a microprocessor, light is directed onto a mask. A mask is like a stencil of the circuit pattern. The light shines through the mask and then through a series of optical lenses that shrink the image down. This small image is then projected onto a silicon, or semiconductor, wafer. The wafer is covered with a light-sensitive, liquid plastic called photoresist. The mask is placed Over the wafer, and when light shines through the mask and hits the silicon wafer, it hardens t
The wafer is covered with a light-sensitive, liquid plastic called photoresist. The mask is placed over the wafer, and when light shines through the mask and hits the silicon wafer, it hardens the photoresist that isn't covered by the mask. The photoresist that is not exposed to light remains somewhat gooey and is chemically washed away, leaving only the hardened photoresist and exposed silicon wafer. The wafer is covered with a light-sensitive, liquid plastic called photoresist. The mask is placed...