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The MIPS Programmer's Handbook (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Computer Architecture and Design) Paperback – February 15, 1994

ISBN-13: 978-1558602977 ISBN-10: 1558602976 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Computer Architecture and Design
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann; 1 edition (February 15, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558602976
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558602977
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 7.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,078,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A hands-on view of the highly successful MIPS family of microprocessors, written for programmers developing systems applications for the MIPS platform.



The MIPS Programmer's Handbook describes the MIPS architecture from the perspective of assembly- and C-language programmers, with special emphasis on issues related to embedded applications. Engineers writing system-level programs for MIPS-based embedded systems will find the topic selection especially useful including the sections on software conventions, initializing the processor in a bare machine environment, and writing exception handlers.



For convenient use, the instruction set reference is presented with only one page per instruction. The authors focus on the instructions available to assembly-language programmers, rather than on the hardware-level instruction set documented in data books released by vendors of the MIPS processor. Provides enough detail for anyone doing serious system-level programming. Also included are ten complete program examples, with line-by-line explanations.



Several sample sections are available from the authors' website.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Don Marco on July 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book offers an overview of the assembler language, designed for the family of mips processors r2000 and r3000 (nothing about r4000 and r6000 series). It also shows common C-functions translated in assembler. It explains, in general guidelines, the internal architecture of the r2000 processor thus not as deep as D. Patterson's books.
Beyond this, the text is a bit confused, the chapters don't lead the reader to any meaningful point, offering pieces of explanations thought for an already instructed reader. In fact a beginner won't find here a good introduction to the subject. E.g. at the very beginning, when the author deals with the structure of the registers (with many long, meaningless words without any explanation), does anybody know what a 'C0_BADVA' is? After that it goes along, is a single page, to the stack and the initialization of the eproms.
If, on the other side, the reader already knows the subject, this book is a good and useful giude when he needs source codes and hits for his code writing. If someone wonders where a mips processor can be found... Uhm.. In a Playstation or in a handheld.
Well this text is particulary suitable for courses dealing with computer science. Last but not least the price. In my humble opinion si quite hight for a 350 page-long book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ryan T. Ross on September 10, 2009
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This is MIPS1 Architecture which is a bit outdated at this point. I was expecting the book to cover more relevant MIPS architectures. A great book if you need info on MIPS1
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Simon on February 16, 2005
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I have read several MIPS Application Books, and found Phil's Book is more practicle for us. With the great help from his book, I have finished designing IDT MIPS 79RC32334 BSP and Cache application, we design MIPS Test Bench for TeleCom IC function validation before Silicon tape out. While the reader should has some hardware background to have the better understanding, this book gives out detailed introduction for Cache/un-cacheable space Interrupt handle, How to override the low level library, such as use UART as debug tool, how to design vsprint and write your own printf() library, For nested interrupt and some skills for Assembly code and C code cross invoke, In one word, it is a great book for MIPS firmware engineer or Embedded SW engineer to develop their Embedded System. For some new beginner and SW engineer, they should read the MIPS data sheet carefully first, then to read this book will be more effective.

MIPS has wide application, such as Linux server and Network Printer, it has powerful pipeline and cache function.

In order to share my experience with those MIPS funs, I created my web-site to provide online help, but I will thank Phil and his great book first, because he ramp me up from a new beginer to an experienced MIPS Firmware Engineer.

Thanks,

Simon
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By Singularity on October 18, 2011
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I was hoping this book would have some beginner examples, but it didn't. This book seems to focus more on system procedures, and exceptions rather than teaching novice users about the MIPS programming language.
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