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1. Introduction

We discussed the composition of a typical CPU in Unit 1. You can find that section here. In this section we will discuss some of the hardware that CPUs interact with, as well as performance factors of the CPU itself.

This is necessary so that you can judge for yourself the most appropriate components to include in an information system, depending on the tasks required for it. The hardware discussed will be as follows:

  • CPU clock
  • CPU cores
  • Types of RAM
  • Input devices
  • Output devices
  • Interfaces