CPU Central processing unitThe CPU (Central Processing Unit) is a very important part of the computer, it is like the brain as it coordinates andsorts out all of the activities that go on within a computer.Another way of putting this is by saying this is that the CPU processes and sorts out the data and instructions givento it by other components.A CPUs’ size is measured in bits, the larger the amount of bits the more data can be managed at the samemeaning the computers speed is determined by the amount of ‘bits’ can be processed the most spoken about CPUbit speeds are 8, 16, 32 and 64-bit processors 64-bit processors being the fastest. The CPU fits in a ZIF (ZeroInsertion Force) socket in the motherboard, which is found beneath the Heatsink. Found Placed Is the in the in a
Memory typesRAMRAM (Random Access Memory) is a very good component as it makes the computer save files faster and improvesthe speed/ performance of the computer. The larger RAM is the more files can be opened at the same time meaningthe speed of the computer increases. Ram is known to have volatile memory which means that after the computer isshut down all the memory sent there is lost.ROMROM (Read Only Memory) is also found on the motherboard. ROM contains instructions that can only be accessedby the CPU these include instructions for booting the computer (Starting up the computer). Unlike the RAM form ofmemory the contents of the ROM cannot be erased. EPROM/EEPROM are more advanced forms of ROM and willbe explained on the next page.Flash Drive/memorythese are removable storage device, flash drives use non-volatile memory solid state drives which don’t need powerto keep the memory that is stored. RAM Flash memory ROM Flash Drive
Memory ROM (extended)EPROMThis stands for Erasable Programmable Read Only Memory, this is a very interesting form of technology where when the EPROM chip is created, information is written onto it but to erase it UV light would need to be exposed to it.EEPROMThis then stands for Electrically Erasable Programmable Read Only Memory, information which is then written to EEPROM can be erased and re-written without having to remove the chip from the computer. EPROM EEPROM
Adapter CardsAudio CardThe sound card (Audio card) is what is known as an expansion card as it is added to a computer to enable it to do certain things. It is obvious what the sound card does as it enables the computer to play audio files aloud from your computer. This means that you can listen to your music through headphones or speakersVideo CardVideo cards allow the graphic capability of an expansion card.Network Interface Card (NIC)The network interface card allows the computer to connect to the internet wireless or wired connection. Audio Card Video Card
Adapter Cards ExtendedPCIPeripheral Component Interconnect can either be a 32 or 64 bit slot on the motherboard.PCIePeripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) is a serial bus expansion slot and has x1, x4, x8 and x16, PCIe issupposed to be replacing AGP as an expansion slot for Video Adapters and other types of adapter cards.PCMCIAStands for Personal Computer Memory Card International Association, it’s the association that choose laptop expansion cardstandards.Cardbus
Storage Devices internal storage devicesThere are a few storage devices that can be used to store media and files here are four storage devices: Floppy Drive – to keep it simple the floppy disk drive is a relatively old piece of tech uses magnetic floppy disks which can store a very small 720 KB to twice the amount 1.44 MB of data, an equivalent to 1440 KB. The floppy drive can be used to boot the computer that’s if there is a bootable floppy disk present. Optical drive –the optical drives use laser in order to read data on the optical drive, there are three main types of optical drive: Compact Disk (CD), Digital Versatile Disc (DVD) and the more recently acknowledged Blu-ray Disk (BD). CDs’ are only able to store a maximum of 700MB, DVDs’ have a max. of 4.3GB and a dual layer DVD can hold a max of 8.5GB and blu-ray can store the most with about 25GB and a ridiculous size 50GB can be stored on a dual layer disk. Hard drive - This Is the main place that information is stored on the computer permanently. The storage on a computer is measured in Billions of bytes (gigabytes- GB) which clearly is a lot, the speed of the Hard Drives is measured in revolutions per minutes RPM (this just pretty much means the total amount of full turns a minute). Hard drives use a reliable technology which is called solid state, meaning that there are no moving parts which means that it is not likely that the hard disk will fail.Partitioning is when the storage devices a divided into sections where once divided each partition will behave like a separate disk drive. Formatting the process where a file system is prepared in a partition to store files. Traditional Vs. Solid state Floppy disk drive Standard optical drive
Storage devices External storage devices & InterfacesExternal Flash drive – these are just USBs pretty much they are normally connected to USB ports. in order to store memory they use the same storage technology as non-volatile memory chips, in the sense that they don’t have any moving parts so no power is needed to keep the memory.Drive interfaces SATA – the serial ATA which uses a 7-pin data connector PATA – the Parallel ATA SCSI – a interface that can connect to 15 drives and uses either a 50-pin, 68-pin or 80-pin connector
Input & Output DevicesInputInput devices are just things that can be used on a computer which change that enables you to make a change or control the computer, these types of devices include; game controllers, keyboards, mice, microphones and computers or tablets that have the touch-screen configurationOutputOutput devices are devices that display information or give out data from the computer to the user, these include; printers, monitors, projectors and speakers.Keyboards and mice commonly used to use the PS/2 connectors but, more recent keyboards and mice use USB connectors.Games controllers use PATA interfaces. Game controllers, speakers, headphones and microphones would normally connect to Audio cards.Printers now use USB connectors but used parallel in the past.Projectors and monitors use VGA and HDMI cables.