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What is a Microprocessor?

A microprocessor incorporates the functions of a CPU on a single integrated circuit or a few integrated circuits. It is a computer processor on a microchip and is a multipurpose, programmable device that uses digital data as input and provides results as an output once it processes the input according to instructions stored in its memory.  Microprocessors use sequential digital logic as they have internal memory and operate on numbers and symbols represented in the binary numeral system. They are designed to perform arithmetic and logic operations that make use of data on the chip. General purpose microprocessors in PCs are used for multimedia display, computation, text editing and communication. Several microprocessors are part of embedded systems. These embedded microprocessors provide digital control to several objects including appliances, automobiles, mobile phones and industrial process control.

Types of Microprocessors

There are several different kinds of microprocessors suitable for programming at Future Electronics. We stock many of the most common types categorized by several parameters including clock frequency, data bus width, MMAC/MIPS/FLOPS, Flash size, RAM size, ROM size, I\O voltage, cache memory size and packaging type. Our parametric filters will allow you to refine your search results according to the required specifications.

Microprocessors from Future Electronics  

Future Electronics has a wide range of programmable microprocessors from several manufacturers. Once you decide if you need digital signal processors, embedded processors or networking processors, you will be able to choose from their technical attributes and your search results will be narrowed to match your specific microprocessor application needs.

We deal with several manufacturers such as Cognivue Corporation, Zilog, STMicroelectronics or XMOS Limited, among others. You can easily refine your microprocessor product search results by clicking your preferred microprocessor brand from the list of manufacturers below.

Applications for Microprocessors:

Several items use microprocessors. These include DVD players, cellular telephones, household appliances, car equipment, toys, light switches and dimmers, electrical circuit breakers, smoke alarms, battery packs, car keys, power tool and test instruments. Pollution control standards require automobile manufacturers to use microprocessor engine management systems for an optimal control of emissions over varying operating conditions. 

Choosing the Right Microprocessor:

With the FutureElectronics.com parametric search, when looking for the right microprocessors, you can filter the results by category. We carry the following categories of microprocessors:

  • Digital Signal Processors
  • Embedded Processors
  • Networking Processors

Once you choose the microprocessor category, you can narrow them down by various attributes: by clock frequency, data bus width, MMAC/MIPS/FLOPS, Flash size, RAM size and I\O voltage to name a few. You will be able to find the right digital signal, embedded or networking processor using these filters.

Microprocessors in Production Ready Packaging or R&D Quantities

If the quantity of microprocessors you require is less than a full reel, we offer to our customers several of our programmable microprocessors in tray, tube or individual quantities that will help you avoid unneeded surplus.

Future Electronics also offers its clients a unique bonded inventory program designed to eliminate potential problems that may arise from an unpredictable supply of products that could contain raw metals and products with erratic or long lead times. Talk with your nearest Future Electronics branch and find out more on how you and your company can avoid possible shortages.