How are processors made?

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livelonger87
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How are processors made?

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I've always been curious about the manufacturing based on the computer components. The question is...

How do they make processors?

Whether it's the central processing unit or graphics processing unit. Simply put, how do they make these powerful chips? I've seen architecture of many different chips, yet don't seem to understand the logic and meaning of some of the functions. I've searched on the manufacturing of these processors and have yet found nothing. I mean, the building of software, whether it's the operating system has the easiest logic to understand in how it's made (Simple, programmed on a system). But I don't seem to understand how the processors are made...

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Post by Frozenport »

Its a bunch of logic gates; http://www.opamp-electronics.com/tutori ... theory.htm

Probably the first concept you need to understand is that of a register. This post (and board) is probably beyond the scope of that... I would reccomend you look up the historical evlolution of registers...

The other fun part to mention is that those designing the circuts, only vaguely know how they will be manufactured. (or so my professor says)
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Lastly, if you want to understand the meaning of some of the functions, you should probably start with x86 ASM: http://webster.cs.ucr.edu/
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Post by jaclaz »

As a reference, this is how they were made in the old days:

http://tinyapps.org/weblog/misc/2007022 ... y_day.html

... and we LIKED it!



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Post by Gustaf »

If you're talking about the manufacturing process itself, check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semiconduc ... abrication.

The external links might be nice too.

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