COMPUTER APPLICATIONS THE CPU AND MEMORY COM 6 THE SYSTEM UNIT Common Components Processor (CPU) Interprets and carries out the basic instructions that operate a computer Memory module Houses the memory that temporarily holds data and instructions while they are being processed by the CPU
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THE CPU AND MEMORY
Sound, Modem, & Video Cards
Most of the devices connected to the computer communicate with the CPU in order to carry out a task. The arrows in this figure represent the flow of data, instructions, and information.
**Higher clock speed means faster processor and costs more $$
Parallel processing divides up a problem so that multiple processors work on their assigned portion of a problem at the same time.
Ten million operations in one blink