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The personal computer has evolved into a complex machine capable of exchanging data with a wide range of input and output devices.

The heart of any computer system is the processor. The processor receives input from a variety of components and outputs it in many different forms.

Data is moved in and out of the computer on buses: groups of parallel conductors which can carry several bits of data at a time. The conductors in an electrical bus can be compared to the lanes of a superhighway. The more lanes of traffic, the faster data can be moved from one place to another.

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