A Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) is a single-chip processor primarily used to manage and boost the performance of video and graphics. GPU features include
- 2-D or 3-D graphics
- Digital output to flat panel display monitors
- Texture mapping
- Application support for high-intensity graphics software such as AutoCAD
- Rendering polygons
- Support for YUV color space
- Hardware overlays
- MPEG decoding
These features are designed to lessen the work of the CPU and produce faster video and graphics.
A GPU is not only used in a PC on a video card or motherboard; it is also used in mobile phones, display adapters, workstations and game consoles.
This term is also known as a visual processing unit (VPU).
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