Professors Patterson and Hennessy are the academic originators of RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computer) architectures. Professor Hennessy designed the first of the MIPS family of processors, now used in computers manufactured by Silicon Graphics. Professor Patterson's RISC design underlies the SPARC family of processors used by Sun Microsystems and manufacturers of Sun-compatible computers. The industrial originator of RISC processing was Seymour Cray, who used nearly all of the most important RISC concepts in the Control Data 6600 (1964) and 7600 (1968), and in the CRAY series of supercomputers.
Of all RISC microprocessors, MIPS processors are the most widely used in embedded systems, including Nintendo 64 and Sony PlayStation. 19 million MIPS processors were sold in 1996.
This book documents the software used in this course to design and simulate logic circuits. The software is included with the book.
Like all Schaum's outlines, this book contains many worked problems and many more practice problems. Topics covered include data representations, logic gates, Karnaugh maps, latches, flip-flops, counters, shift registers, and basic RAM architecture.