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Our online glossary is here to help you make sense of the terminology used in the cell phone industry. It covers mobile technologies, such as 3G and 4G, and even includes a bit of information on smartphone operating systems and the companies that make the cell phones and other mobile technology devices we all use.

What is "GPU"?

A Graphics Processing Unit is a co-processor that takes on graphical calculations and transformations so that the main CPU does not have to be burdened by them. The use of a GPU can greatly increase the performance of a device, especially when used for tasks such as 3D gaming. A GPU can be a stand-alone chip or, as is more often the case, integrated into a complete chip design that includes one or more CPU {core}s. {NVIDIA}'s GeForce and the Adreno by Qualcomm are two examples of GPU families used in the mobile industry.

Also known as: "Graphics Processing Unit"

See Also: CPU

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