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CYBER SMART: What does CISC stand for?

Written by Jordan True

December 9th, 2016

Question of the Week: What does CISC stand for?

Answer: Complex Instruction Set Computing

The acronym stands for “Complex Instruction Set Computing” which is a type of microprocessor design. The design gives single instructions and executes low-level operations, but also has the capability to do multi-step operations all within a single instruction. The goal has since evolved to “provide needed capabilities in the most efficient way.” Now full-set computers use Reduced Instruction Set Computing (RISC).

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