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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2002
This book is well suited for a namesake semester course. We have used it, together with Murdocca's "Principles of Computer Architecture". The result has been quite satisfying for all of us. The book is well paced, and digital design topics are covered just enough to understand the second part of the book, about computer design fundamentals. This second part too is very well explained and many subtleties (e.g. details on CISC and RISC kind architectures) are precisely pointed out.
My only complain is that design concepts are explained with no reference to real CPUs (e.g. Intel, SPARC, Motorola, PowerPC), so if you are the kind of reader that likes a direct match on reality you'll have to look elsewhere to find some examples (e.g. Murdocca).