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Pentium Processor System Architecture (2nd Edition) Paperback – April 16, 1995

ISBN-13: 078-5342409925 ISBN-10: 0201409925 Edition: 2nd
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"The must-have PC architecture reference set."
-PC Magazine's "Read Only" column

"An outstanding job of taking a complex processor--the Intel Pentium--and breaking down all of its aspects into well-organized topics...."
-Dave Bursky, Executive Editor, Electronic Design Magazine

Pentium Processor System Architecture describes the hardware architecture of computers using Intel's family of Pentium processors, providing a clear, concise explanation of the microprocessor's relationship to the rest of the system.

Written for computer hardware and software engineers, this book details Intel's technical strategy behind the Pentium family of processors--not just how Intel designed Pentium, but why. This revised edition expands coverage of virtually every topic and adds new sections on the Pentium 90 and 100MHz (P54C) processors. In addition to pointing out the key differences between 80486 and Pentium system designs, the book explores all the important Pentium features, such as:

  • instruction pairing
  • using the APIC subsystem
  • implementing System Management Mode (SMM)
  • interfacing the Pentium 90 and 100MHz processors in a dual processor configuration
  • pipelining between dual processors
  • dual processor bus arbitration
  • cache memory configuration for uni- and dual-processing
  • OverDrive sockets

If you design or test hardware or software that involves the Pentium processor, Pentium Processor System Architecture is an essential, time-saving tool.

The PC System Architecture Series is a crisply written and comprehensive set of guides to the most important PC hardware standards. Each title explains from a programmer's perspective the architecture, features, and operations of systems built using one particular type of chip or hardware specification.


About the Author

MindShare, Inc. is one of the leading technical training companies in the hardware industry, providing innovative courses for dozens of companies, including Intel, IBM, and Compaq.

Don Anderson is the author of many MindShare books. He passes on his wealth of experience in digital electronics and computer design by training engineers, programmers, and technicians for MindShare.

Tom Shanley, president of MindShare, Inc., is one of the world's foremost authorities on computer system architecture. In the course of his career, he has trained thousands of engineers in hardware and software design.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 2 edition (April 16, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201409925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201409925
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,454,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julius Caesar on April 21, 2005
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The most useful information that I found in this book is the clear explanation of the new features of Pentium processor that are not found in earlier 8086 to 80486 processors. Several chapters are dedicated to the Pentium Data and Instruction Cache Memory Architecture for both system with single and multiple processors. Note that this book is not for a beginner. If you don't know anything about Cache Memory architecture from earlier Intel CPU then this book is not for you. The earlier books in Mindshare PC System Architecture Series which are ISA System Architecture, EISA System Architecture and 80486 System Architecture should give sufficent background to read this book.
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