Chapter 2 Intel Architecture Basics

Architecture is a visual art, and the buildings speak for themselves.

—Julia Morgan

Architecture begins where engineering ends.

—Walter Gropius

Intel Architecture has been evolving since before the PC AT computer. It has ridden along with and contributed to many industry standards or become a de facto standard over the years. What used to be the IBM or a “clone,” or IBM-compatible, is now simply a PC motherboard most likely with Intel’s CPU and chipsets.

Most people didn’t really begin to understand this until the Intel® Pentium® Processor with MMX technology and the bunny-suited fab workers dancing to Wild Cherry’s Play That Funky Music commercials. The accompanying five-tone melody reminds you from across ...

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