control unit

noun Computers.
1.
the part of a CPU that interprets the instructions in programs and directs the operation of the entire system.
2.
controller ( def 5 ).

Origin:
1960–65

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control unit definition


1. The part of a CPU that sends control signals to other components to cause them to execute the machine cycle - fetch, decode, execute, store.
2. Any device that controls the I/O operations of one or more peripheral devices, e.g. a disk controller.
(2008-05-21)

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And they can print objects in multiple materials, such as a plastic remote-control unit with rubbery buttons.
The machine is provided with a control unit monitored at all times by an election officer.
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