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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 4 edition (9 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199273138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199273133
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 3 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 171,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The fourth edition of this classic textbook continues to encompass the range of topics that comprise a typical introductory university level course in computer hardware. As with the previous edition the author writes with great clarity, and conveys both his expertise and enthusiasm for the subject. This is a great choice for adoption in an introductory hardware course in computer science and related disciplines. (ITNow, 2006)

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Alan Clements is Motorola Professor in the School of Computing at the University of Teesside, Middlesbrough. In 2002 he was awarded both a National Teaching Fellowship for his contribution to teaching and the IEEE Computer Society's 'Computer Science and Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Award'.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dharmesh Suraj Bali on 25 Jun. 2003
Format: Paperback
Very detailed book dealing extensively with microprocessor architecture and logic gates. Briefly, it covers the underlying principles of the computer. A CD comes with it where you get the chance to study a RISC and a CISC processor. I used it for the Technology module of the British Computer Society, who in fact recommends it as primary text for the Technology and Architecture modules. So anyone who wants to dive into the details of computer architecture, look no further; this is the book.
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By Paul Mcketty on 5 Dec. 2014
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Well written and presented.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr Benham on 11 Jun. 2011
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My first review. This review is considerably unsystematic, impressions only.

I bought this item intending it to be a companion text to "Floyd, Digital Fundamentals", after having worked quite a way through the later book.

The Floyd book has a better vocabulary drill and instruction, therefore "Digital Fundamentals" wins in covering the ground-work more confidently and in imparting abilities to student. "Principles of Computer Architecture" has better hindsight; more of the person you have become rather than the person you are about to be.

Principles of Computer Architecture [that's "principles" and not "principals"] is written from a different perspective; one of a computer scientist rather than an electronics technologist. As such it includes chapters on assembler programming and instruction architectures, and a broader coverage of computer organisation.

It takes Floyds own Computer Notes much further in elaborating on the various Computer Technologies covered in a lively and illustrative manner. The book is quite mindful and descriptions of the technologies have been thoroughly considered. It does not claim to be a specialist book, so if you are looking for a book on gate level design verification or something on writing High-Level code do not aim to be here.

None of the ideas contained in the text were disagreeable, however I did find one or two of the paragraphs looking a bit dyslexic, especially, and surprisingly, the chapter on assembler programming. I might have expected this from an amateur rather than a professional writer. The illustrations are very animated and help make up for my (occasional) perceived weakness of the writing.
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6 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dharmesh Suraj Bali on 3 July 2003
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This is a best book to get, if you want to become damn good in computer architecture.
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