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THE COMPUTER SYSTEM HARDWARE

Contents

  • Central Processing Unit (CPU)
    • Arithmetic logic unit
    • Registers
    • Control Unit (CU)
  • Memory unit
    • Cache memory
    • Primary memory
    • Secondary memory
  • Instruction format
  • Instruction set
  • Instruction cycle—Fetching, decoding,executing, storing
  • Microprocessor—CISC, RISC
  • Interconnecting the units of a computer— System bus, expansion bus, external ports
  • Performance of a computer—Registers, RAM, system clock, bus, cache memory
  • Inside a computer cabinet—Motherboard, ports and interfaces, expansion slots, ribbon cables, memory chips,storage devices, processor

Why this chapter

The computer as a machine consists of different components that interact with each other to provide the desired functionality of the computer. ...

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