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Computer Science: An Interdisciplinary Approach by Kevin Wayne, Robert Sedgewick

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Chapter Seven. Building a Computing Device

You might imagine that designing a computer processor is something that requires an army of people with the most specialized kind of advanced training. While there is some truth to this assertion, there is remarkable simplicity and similarity in the overall architecture of typical processors, and has been since the earliest computers. In this chapter you will see, in full detail, the design of a particular general-purpose computer. Through this design, our goal is to help you answer for yourself questions like “How are computers built?” and “How do computers operate?”

Conceptually, we can ...

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