Processing Device

When a computer receives data from an input device, the data must go through an intermediate stage before it can be output to your monitor, speakers or printer. A processing device is any device in a computer that handles this intermediate stage, being responsible for controlling the storage and retrieval of data.

Some of the more common and well-known processing devices in a computer include the motherboard, central processing unit (CPU), graphics processing unit (GPU), network card, and sound card.

Also see: Device, Hardware terms, Processing