Since everything done on the computer is controlled by the processor's design and architecture in some way or another, the fundamental changes in the processor that have occurred over the past decade will be explained within this series of pages.
Technology has permitted chip manufacturer's to design and manufacturer newer, better, and faster processors. Obsolete processors such as the 384, 486, and Pentium marked evolutions in technology, the inventions of newer chips permitted the introduction to GUI based interfaces and the ability to combine sound and video into a sole unit, a term also known as multimedia.
While the sizes, shapes, and complexities of central processing units have changed extraordinarily over the past three decades, the principles of all processor remain the same. The processor is there to control how data flows through a computer system, and where it should go after it's done required calculations.
The growing demands of better hardware and software, make the demand for a faster processor extremely high. The following table provides a comparison based look at the evolution of the central processing unit and their appropriate specifications. To get more information about a specific CPU type, click on the desired processor label in the first column shown in the chart below.
Intel Processors Comparison Table
AMD Processors Comparison Table