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You're mixing things up a bit. You've kind of got the gist of it but not completely. Let's compare General Purpose Microprocessors, Microcontrollers, FPGAs, and ASICs. You've lumped microcontrollers and microprocessors together, when you really shouldn't. General Purpose Microprocessors: These are the desktop and laptop processors, Intel Pentium chips, AMD ...


Short answer: because it is the default approximation of a real number the language in question provides.

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