Inside the Machine
An Illustrated Introduction to Microprocessors and Computer ArchitectureBook - 2007
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. This book 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.
Publisher: San Francisco : No Starch Press, c2007.
Branch Call Number: 621.392 STOKES
Characteristics: xx, 292 p. : col. ill. ; 25 cm.