Who Needs a Super Fast CPU? You Can Make a 2-Bit Processor On Paper!

By Lowell Heddings on September 25th, 2010

When reader Yutaka wrote in telling us that he made a 2-bit CPU on paper, we were scratching our heads—but after reading his article, it’s actually pretty interesting.

The basic idea is that you can print out the “processor” and use the pieces to step through a simulated set of instructions and figure out how a processor is supposed to work. It’s very interesting, and decidedly nerdy.

Paper processor

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 09/25/10
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