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N orthwestern P olytechnic U niversity EE488 Lecture Notes Introduction Course Outline
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What is Computer Architecture 9 Computer Architecture is the study of the theory behind the design of a computer ± Why do we make the choices we do? 9 Understanding technology and where to apply it. ± The underlying technology provides the most important understanding ± You live longer in the computer industry ± Cost is also a critical factor ± Technology + cost = how much we can use and where. 9 To improve performance we need to analyze it. ± How do we know what to focus on? ± What does Amdahl’s law tell us? ± I.e. DDR2/3 Memory is based on DRAM technology – so how can it be so fast? This is the essence of computer architecture. ..
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Weekly Lectures at a Glance 9 Introduction to the course (today!) ± What are we going to learn and how? 9 CPU Basics ± What do all CPUs have in common? ± What’s the difference between CPU’s and Microcontrollers? ± RISC vs CISC architecture approach Why are all modern designs RISC based? 9 Instruction Set ± High level languages vs. assembly language vs. machine code ± How do compilers (assemblers) work and what is their importance?
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Weekly Lectures at a Glance 9 Arithmetic Logic (ALU Design) ± Integers (signed vs. unsigned) ADD, SUB, MUL, and DIV
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This note was uploaded on 01/19/2011 for the course EE EE448 taught by Professor Drlaw during the Summer '10 term at College of the North Atlantic.

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