Microprocessors & their Operating Systems

Microprocessors & their Operating Systems

A Comprehensive Guide to 8, 16 & 32 Bit Hardware, Assembly Language & Computer Architecture

1st Edition - January 1, 1989

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  • Author: R. C. Holland
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483296708

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Provides a comprehensive guide to all of the major microprocessor families (8, 16 and 32 bit). The hardware aspects and software implications are described, giving the reader an overall understanding of microcomputer architectures. The internal processor operation of each microprocessor device is presented, followed by descriptions of the instruction set and applications for the device. Software considerations are expanded with descriptions and examples of the main high level programming languages (BASIC, Pascal and C). The book also includes detailed descriptions of the three main operating systems (CP/M, DOS and UNIX) common to the most modern personal computers.


For students of electronics and microelectronics, engineers and technicians working with microprocessors, and programmers.

Table of Contents

  • Microcomputer Principles: Microcomputer architecture. CPU (central processor unit). Memory. Input/output. Stack, subroutines and interrupts. In-depth Treatment of Pin Functions, Processor Architecture, Instruction Sets, Support Devices and Applications for the Following 8 and 16 Bit Microprocessors: Intel 8080/8085 Family (8 Bit), Zilog Z80, Motorola MC6800 Family (8 Bit), MOS Technology MCS 6500 Family (8 Bit), Intel 8086/8088 Family (16 Bit), Motorola MC68000 Family (16 Bit), Zilog Z8000 Family (16 Bit). 32 Bit Microprocessors: Intel 80386. Motorola MC68020. Zilog Z80000. Inmos Transputer. High Level Languages: Summary of programming languages. BASIC. Pascal. C. The CP/M Operating System: CP/M 'built-in' commands. CP/M 'transient' commands. The CP/M editor. The CP/M assembler. The CP/M debugger. Sample procedure for assembly language program. MP/M. The PC-DOS (MS-DOS) Operating System: PC/MS-DOS Nucleus. Directories and subdirectories. External commands. Line editor. The UNIX Operating System: UNIX file structure. Handling files. Further facilities in UNIX shell. Logging in and sending mail. Screen editor (vi). Sample procedure for Pascal program. Exercises. Glossary of Terms. Subject Index.

    50 lit. refs. approx., 83 illus.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 186
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 2014
  • Published: January 1, 1989
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483296708

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R. C. Holland

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West Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education, Swansea, UK

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