We have come incredibly far in terms of technology and systems architecture - and who knows what the future holds. Things are developing at an amazing pace and a fully functional quantum computer could be just round the corner (you may want to look up quantum computing if you're serious about this subject - it's an exciting field!)
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1. Can you think of any other processors (other than INTEL?)
2. Could there have been an alternative to the CPU (as the brain of a computer). What could it have been? (this is a difficult question!)
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Presentation 1 - Purpose and Function of the CPU
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Presentation 2 - Factors affecting processing + Embedded systems
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CPU basics -worksheet
CPU structure and function
1. Complete a learning poster (a single slide) in which all of the following terms is explained
a) Purpose And Function Of The CPU, Von Neumann Architecture, Common CPU Components And their Function, Common Characteristics Of CPUs Affecting Their Performance, Embedded Systems
1. Complete a research powerpoint that covers a history of Systems Architecture (CPUs through the ages) Include information about Von Neumann, different CPUs, RISC and CISC and what companies are doing to make their processors faster and better!
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Quiz 1: Systems Architecture Generalhttps://play.kahoot.it/#/k/d1e83816-1bd3-4f9e-b49a-5edf5fc868e0
Quiz 2: The CPU https://play.kahoot.it/#/k/e41304a4-205c-4051-b3c6-0e176b98d2c7
Quiz 3: CPU Keywordshttps://play.kahoot.it/#/k/524cfa64-8c5e-4c8c-bffa-7703b97b725b