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Microprocessor Design

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This book serves as an introduction to the field of microprocessor design and implementation. It is intended for students in computer science or computer or electrical engineering who are in the third or fourth years of an undergraduate degree. While the focus of this book will be on Microprocessors, many of the concepts will apply to other ASIC design tasks as well.

The reader should have prior knowledge in Digital Circuits and possibly some background in Semiconductors although it isn't strictly necessary. The reader also should know at least one Assembly Language. Knowledge of higher-level languages such as C or C++ may be useful as well, but are not required. Sections about soft-core design will require prior knowledge of Programmable Logic, and a prior knowledge of at least one HDL (Hardware description language).

Table of Contents

Microprocessor Basics

Microprocessor Components

ALU Design

Design Paradigms

Execution Problems

Benchmarking and Optimization

Parallel Processing

Support Software

Microprocessor Production

Advanced Topics

Resources and Licensing