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Hardware and Computer Organization - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780750678865, 9780080507897

Hardware and Computer Organization

1st Edition

Author: Arnold Berger
Hardcover ISBN: 9780750678865
eBook ISBN: 9780080507897
Imprint: Newnes
Published Date: 6th May 2005
Page Count: 512
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Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgments What’s on the DVD-ROM?

  1. Introduction and Overview of Hardware Architecture
  2. Introduction to Digital Logic
  3. Introduction to Asynchronous Logic
  4. Introduction to Synchronous Logic
  5. Introduction to State Machines
  6. Bus Organizations and Memory Design
  7. Memory Organization and Assembly Language Programming
  8. Programming in Assembly Language
  9. Advanced Assembly Language Programming Concepts
  10. The Intel x86 Architecture
  11. The Arm Architecture
  12. Interfacing with the Real World
  13. Introduction to Modern Computer Architectures
  14. Memory Revisited, Caches and Virtual Memory
  15. Performance Issues in Computer Architecture
  16. Future Trends in Reconfigurable Hardware Appendix A: Solutions for Odd-Numbered Exercises About the Author Index


Hardware and Computer Organization is a practical introduction to the architecture of modern microprocessors. This book from the bestselling author explains how PCs work and how to make them work for you. It is designed to take students "under the hood" of a PC and provide them with an understanding of the complex machine that has become such a pervasive part of everyday life. It clearly explains how hardware and software cooperatively interact to accomplish real-world tasks.

Unlike other textbooks on this topic, Dr. Berger’s book takes the software developer’s point-of-view. Instead of simply demonstrating how to design a computer’s hardware, it provides an understanding of the total machine, highlighting strengths and weaknesses, explaining how to deal with memory and how to write efficient assembly code that interacts directly with, and takes best advantage of the underlying hardware. The book is divided into three major sections: Part 1 covers hardware and computer fundamentals, including logical gates and simple digital design. Elements of hardware development such as instruction set architecture, memory and I/O organization and analog to digital conversion are examined in detail, within the context of modern operating systems. Part 2 discusses the software at the lowest level¸ assembly language, while Part 3 introduces the reader to modern computer architectures and reflects on future trends in reconfigurable hardware.

This book is an ideal reference for ECE/software engineering students as well as embedded systems designers, professional engineers needing to understand the fundamentals of computer hardware, and hobbyists.

Key Features

  • The renowned author's many years in industry provide an excellent basis for the inclusion of extensive real-world references and insights
  • Several modern processor architectures are covered, with examples taken from each, including Intel, Motorola, MIPS, and ARM


PRIMARY MARKET: ECE/Software engineering students

SECONDARY MARKET: , Embedded systems designers, professional engineers needing to understand the fundamentals of computer hardware, hobbyists


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About the Author

Arnold Berger

Dr. Arnold Berger is a Senior Lecturer in the Computing and Software Systems Department at the University of Washington-Bothell. He received his BS and PhD degrees from Cornell University. Dr. Berger has held positions as an R&D Director at Applied Microsystems Corporation, Embedded Tools Marketing Manager at Advanced Micro Devices and R&D Project Manager at Hewlett-Packard. Dr. Berger has published over 40 papers on embedded systems. He holds three patents.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Washington, USA