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Inside the Machine An Illustrated Introduction to Microprocessors and Computer Architecture

ISBN-10: 1593271042
ISBN-13: 9781593271046
Edition: 2006
Authors: Jon Stokes
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Book details

List price: $49.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: No Starch Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/11/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.672
Language: English

Modern computers perform countless tasks ranging from the business-critical to the recreational, but regardless of how differently they may look and behave, they're all amazingly similar in basic function. Once a person understands how the microprocessor - or central processing unit (CPU) - works, he or she will have a thorough grasp of the fundamental concepts at the heart of all of modern computing. "How the Microprocessor Works explains how microprocessors operate - what they do, and how they do it. Written by the co-founder of the highly respected Ars Technica site, the book begins with the fundamentals of computing, defining what a computer is and using analogies, numerous 4-color diagrams, and clear explanations to communicate the concepts that form the basis of modern computing. After discussing computers in the abstract, the book goes on to cover specific microprocessors from Intel, IBM, and Motorola, discussing in detail how they work and how they differ; from the original models through today's leading processors. The book also explains basic terms and concepts that readers often hear when reading and talking about technology but which they may not fully understand.

Jon M. Stokes is co-founder of and Senior CPU Editor for Ars Technica. He has written extensively on microprocessor architecture and the technical aspects of personal computing for a variety of publications. Stokes holds a degree in computer engineering from Louisiana State University and two advanced degrees in the humanities from Harvard University. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Chicago.

Basic computing concepts
The mechanics of program execution
Pipelined execution
Superscalar execution
The Intel Pentium and Pentium Pro
PowerPC processors : 600 series, 700 series, and 7400
Intel's Pentium 4 vs. Motorola's G4E : approaches and design philosophies
Intel's Pentium 4 vs. Motorola's G4E : the back end
64-bit computing and X86-64
The G5 : IBM's PowerPC 970
Understanding caching and performance
Intel's Pentium M, core duo, and core 2 duo

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