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Digital Design and Computer Architecture by Sarah Harris, David Harris

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Chapter 6 Architecture

6.1 INTRODUCTION

The previous chapters introduced digital design principles and building blocks. In this chapter, we jump up a few levels of abstraction to define the architecture of a computer (see Figure 1.1). The architecture is the programmer’s view of a computer. It is defined by the instruction set (language), and operand locations (registers and memory). Many different architectures exist, such as IA-32, MIPS, SPARC, and PowerPC.

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