What’s in a Computer?

What’s in a computer? Good Question. There are so many components when it comes to technology, especially computers. The computer is such a huge part of society today and technology is certainly taking over. I think that it is important to be informed about something that we all use in our day to day lives. Below are some facts that I feel everyone should know regarding what makes up a computer:
o The brain of a computer is called the CPU otherwise known as the Central Processing Unit. The CPU is responsible for many things including the arithmetic, data, memory and computer operations. An internal clock is used to step through instructions, one hertz tick per second is the measure of frequency.
o The primary memory of a computer is known as the RAM or Random Access Memory, in which stores information being currently used by the computer. It stores data as well as instructions for the CPU, making it possible to do several things at once. The RAM specifically stores information and instructions for programs that are being used while the computer is running. The CPU is able to access the RAM at any given time. A RAM is also volatile, meaning that once the computer is turned off all of the information content will be lost. The capacity in which a computers RAM can hold is determined by bytes.
o Secondary Storage gives a computer the ability to save information even when the computer is turned off. The hard drive and the solid state disk are two types of secondary storage. Unlike the RAM, these are not volatile.
o Electronic circuits are an essential part of a computer. The logic gate is the most important element in an electronic circuit because it gives an output value for every input. The transistor is another vital part which is a switch that can turn currents on and off with the use of voltage. An integrated circuit “chips” are what logic gates are built on, a flat individual surface.
Overall, as you can tell there is a plethora of information to learn about what is in a computer. This is only the beginning! Although technology has progressed over time and computers have managed to get smaller and thinner, the fundamentals are still the same as those seventy plus years ago! A great example of fundamentals being present in the progression of computers is Moore’s Law. Gordon Moore was able to create a law that essentially said that as technology improved, more transistors could be used in one given computer. To this day there are about two billion in a modern computer.

Hello Digital World!

Welcome to my website where we will cover tons of different topics centered around our digital world today. My name is Keyona Young and I am currently enrolled at Temple University as a Transfer Sophomore, Marketing Major. I am taking a Digital World 20/20 course in which led me to creating this site! Majority of my posts will come from our assignments in hopes to share the knowledge that I am gaining about technology with beginners just like myself! We can all learn something new, and I hope that my website gives you insight on a topic that you may not have otherwise known!