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1 Lecture 3 Computer Organization and Hardware CSCS100 - Spring 2009 – Forman Christian College Asher Imtiaz *Several of these slides have been adapted and modified from LUMS CS101 course (Dr Sohaib Khan and Dr Arif Zaman), VU CS101 slides (Dr. Altaf A. Khan) and Peter Norton’s supplementary material. *Figure Acknowledgements: “How Computers Work” 6th Ed by Ron White (Illustrated by Timothy Edward Downs) © Que Corp 2002

2 Goals Looking inside the computer system… Parts of a computer system.

3 Parts of a Computer System

4 Parts of the Computer System Computer systems have four parts Hardware The physical parts of a computer Any part of the computer that you can touch Software Previous lecture: “A computer does what it is told to do…You tell a computer what to do by giving it a list of precise, unambiguous instructions, a computer program” Set of instructions to tell the computer what it should do Computer Programs are pieces of software Data Chunks of information in ‘raw’ form. Computer organize, process and present data and information. User People operating the computer Most important part Tell the computer what to do

5 Information Processing Cycle Steps followed to process data Input Processing Output Storage

6 Essential Computer Hardware Computers use the same basic hardware Hardware categorized into four types Processing devices Memory devices Input and output devices Storage devices

7 Organization Image credit: VU CS101 (Dr Altaf Khan)

8 Essential Computer Hardware Processing devices Processing: The procedure that converts raw data into useful information. To do this, the computer uses two important components: processor and memory. Processor : Brains of the computer Carries out instructions from the program Manipulate the data, transforms data into information Central Processing Unit (CPU) term used to refer to a computer’s processor. In personal computers, processor consists of one or more specialized chips, called microprocessors (tiny slivers of silicon or other material etched with many tiny electronic circuits). E.g. Pentium 4, Core2Duo.

9 Motherboard Rigid, rectangular card containing the circuitry that connects the processor to the other hardware. PCB (Printed Circuit Board) made of Fiberglass sheet with electrical pathways, called traces, etched into it System Clock Microprocessor Read-Only Memory (ROM) Random Access Memory (RAM) Battery Power Supply Ports Expansion Slots Buses Address Bus Data Bus

10 Motherboard

11 Clock The computer’s internal clock Quartz crystal Every tick causes a cycle Speeds measured in Hertz (Hz) Modern machines use Giga Hertz (GHz)

12 Bus Electronic pathway between components Expansion bus connects to peripherals Bus connects CPU and RAM, housed on the motherboard. Speed is tied to the clock Data bus Address bus

13 USB Universal Serial Bus (USB) Connects external devices Hot swappable Allows up to 127 devices Cameras, printers, and scanners

14 Essential Computer Hardware Memory devices Stores data or programs Random Access Memory (RAM) Like an electronic scratch pad Stores current data and programs while the CPU works on them Set of chips, mounted on a circuit board Volatile More RAM results in a faster system The term ‘memory’ is typically used to mean RAM. 256MB – 4GB Read Only Memory (ROM) Permanent storage of programs, not volatile Holds the computer boot directions Cache Memory Very fast memory Holds common or recently used data Speeds up computer processing Most computers have several caches

15 Essential Computer Hardware Input and output devices Allows the user to interact Input devices accept data Keyboard, mouse, microphone, joystick, trackball, touchpad, scanner. Output devices deliver data Monitor, printer (hard copy), speaker Some devices are input and output Touch screens Any other???

16 Essential Computer Hardware Storage devices Hold data and programs permanently Different from RAM Magnetic storage Floppy and hard drive Uses a magnet to access data Optical storage CD (Compact Disk, 700MB~80mins of audio) and DVD (Digital Video Disk, 4.7-17GB) drives Uses a laser to access data The future? Blue laser disc technology, upto a 100GB (and more) on one disk.

17 Computer Ports The connection point at which we connect input and output devices to a computer. Standard Computer Ports Mouse Keyboard USB Serial Parallel Modem Network Microphone Speakers VGA S-Video



20 Microprocessor Image credit: VU CS101 (Dr Altaf Khan)

21 Microprocessor The key element of all computers, providing the mathematical and decision making ability Current state-of-the-art microprocessors (Pentium, Athlon, SPARC, PowerPC) contain complex circuits consisting of tens of millions of transistors They operate at ultra-fast speeds – doing over a billion operations every second Made up from a semiconductor, Silicon

22 Microcomputer Processors Intel Leading manufacturer of processors Intel 4004 was worlds first microprocessor IBM PC powered by Intel 8086 Current processors Core 2 Duo Centrino Itanium Pentium IV Xeon

23 Microcomputer Processors Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Main competitor to Intel Originally produced budget products Current products outperform Intel Current processors Sempron Athlon FX 64 Athlon XP Turion TM

24 A Microprocessor System Microprocessors are powerful pieces of hardware, but not much useful on their own Just as the human brain needs hands, feet, eyes, ears, mouth to be useful; so does the microprocessor A microprocessor system is microprocessor plus all the components it requires to do a certain task A microcomputer is 1 example of a microprocessor system

25 Micro-controllers Micro-controllers are another type of microprocessor systems They are generally not that powerful, cost a few dollars a piece, and are found embedded in video games, VCRs, microwave ovens, printers, autos, etc. They are a complete computer on a chip containing direct input and output capability and memory along with the microprocessor on a single chip. Many times they contain other specialized application-specific components as well

26 More on Micro-controllers More than 90% of the microprocessors/micro-controllers manufactured are used in embedded computing applications In 2000 alone, 365 million microprocessors and 6.4 billion micro-controllers were manufactured

27 Building Blocks of a Microprocessor Bus Interface Unit Data and Instruction Cache Instruction Decoder Arithmetic Logic Unit Floating Point Unit Control Unit Registers

28 Language of a Microprocessor Instruction Set The set of machine instructions that a microprocessor recognizes and can execute – the only language microprocessor knows An instruction set includes low-level, a single step-at-a- time instructions, such as add, subtract, multiply, and divide Each microprocessor family has its unique instruction set Bigger instruction-sets mean more complex chips (higher costs, reduced efficiency), but shorter programs

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