Designers of microprocessor-based electronic equipment need a systems-level understanding of the 80x86 microcomputer. This volume offers thorough, balanced, and practical coverage of both software and hardware topics. Develops basic concepts using the 8088 and 8086 microprocessors, but the 32-bit version of the 80x86 family is also discussed. Examines how to assemble, run, and debug programs, and how to build, test, and troubleshoot interface circuits. Provides detailed coverage of floating-point processing and the single instruction multiple data (DIMD) processing capability of the advanced Pentium processor. Includes added material on number systems, logic functions and operations, conversion between number systems, and addition/subtraction of binary numbers. Includes new advanced material such as floating Point Architecture and Instructions, Multimedia (MMX) Architecture and Instructions, and the hardware and hardware architecture of the Pentium 3 and Pentium 4 processors. Covers the Intel architecture microprocessor families: 8088, 8086, 80286, 80386, 80486, and the latest Pentium® processors. Illustrates commands of the DEBUG program and how to assemble, disassemble, load, save, execute, and debug programs on the IBM PC. Introduces the contents of the 8088's instruction set. Explores practical implementation techniques, covering the use of latches, transceivers, buffers, and programmable logic devices in the memory and I/O interfaces of the microcomputer system. A valuable handbook for self-study in learning microprocessors, for electrical engineers, electronic technicians, and all computer programmers.