Computer Organization – Carl Hamacher, Zvonko Vranesic – 5th Edition


This well-respected text for a first level on computer has been thoroughly revised and updated. Computer Organization is suitable for a one-semester course in or programs and has a good mix if hardware- and -oriented topics.The goal of the is to illustrate the principles of computer organization by using a number of extensive examples drawn from commercially available computers.

The authors feel this approach motivates the and is the most practical. The machines discussed in Hamacher et. al. are the Motorola 680X0 and 683XX families, Intel 80X86 and Pentium families, ARM family, Sun Microsystems Sparc family, and DEC(Compaq) Alpha family. The 68000, Pentium, and ARM are used as detailed examples early in the book.

Table of Contents

1 Basic Structure of Computers
2 Machine Instructions and Programs
3 ARM, Motorola, and Intel Instruction Sets
4 Input/Output Organization
5 The Memory System
6 Arithmetic
7 Basic Processing Unit
8 Pipelining
9 Embedded Systems
10 Computer Peripherals
11 Processor Families
12 Large Computer Systems

Appendix A Logic Circuits
Appendix B ARM Instruction Set
Appendix C Motorola 68000Instruction Set
Appendix D Intel IA-32 Instruction Set
Appendix E Character Codes and Number Conversion
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