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D2 MACHINE ARCHITECTURE

Other related terms can be found in Section B3 Memory and Section D3 Communications technology.

The structure of a computer, or more properly the central processing unit (CPU), and how the particular components are related to each other is called machine architecture. The working of the computer can still be considered in terms of binary patterns and codes. The physical characteristics of the central processor affect the way the computer is used and also determine the speed, power, cost and suitability of the computer for a particular application.

The choice of integrated circuits and other components can determine how fast the computer will operate. This is important when selecting a computer for a particular application. ...

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