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The Physics of a Computer Processor

  1. Feb 1, 2004 #1
    Hello,I am a student attending Highschool and I was assigned in my modern physics class(2nd year physics course) to do a presentation in front of the whole class about the physics of computer processors. I know that it has alot to do with electricity magnetism cuz it sounds like it would and my teacher said something about it.Can someone please explain all you know about it or direct me to a link which is very useful. Thanks guys!
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  3. Feb 1, 2004 #2
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  4. Feb 1, 2004 #3


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    Processors are nothing more than arrays of transistors -- switches -- wired together. If you understand the switch, you understand all the physics in a microprocessor. Look into the way a bipolar junction transistor operates, or if you want to be more modern, a field-effect transistor.

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