Platform and Microprocessor architecture that originated from the Intel 8086. This number is used to help identify the Intel platform processor computers that are 32-bit. This term is also often used as another way to describe IBM compatible computers, which means even if the IBM compatible computer is not using an Intel processor, it still is an x86 compliant computer.

Today, the x86 platform is beginning to be replaced with the faster 64-bit or x64 architecture (also known as WOW64).

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Also see: 32-bit, 64-bit, Platform, CPU terms, RISC