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A GPU or a graphics processing unit, also called visual processing unit or VPU, is a specialized electronic circuit that is designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the building of images in a frame buffer that is used for a display output. GPUs are used in embedded systems, mobile phones, personal computers, workstations, and game consoles.

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A graphics processing unit or GPU (also occasionally called visual processing unit or VPU) is a specialized electronic circuit designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory in such a way so as to accelerate the building of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display. GPUs are used in embedded systems, mobile phones, personal computers, workstations, and game consoles. Modern GPUs are very efficient at manipulating computer graphics, and their highly parallel structure makes them more effective than general-purpose CPUs for algorithms where processing of large blocks of data is done in parallel. In a personal computer, a GPU can be present on a video card, or it can be on the motherboard or, in certain CPUs, on the CPU die. More than 90% of new desktop and notebook computers have integrated GPUs, which are usually far less powerful than those on a dedicated video card. The term was popularized by Nvidia in 1999.

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