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Defining Term

Arithmetic Logic Unit (ALU)



Description

The ALU (Arithmetic Logic Unit) is an internal part of the processor which is used for all mathematical and logical operations, the basic operations of an ALU include adding and multiplying binary values as well as performing logical operations such as AND, OR and XOR.



Defined As

The algorithms for performing these mathematical and logical operations are hard coded (stored permanently) within the ALU.



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