- Paperback: 524 pages
- Publisher: Pearson; 3 edition (October 29, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0131755633
- ISBN-13: 978-0131755635
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Focused primarily on hardware design and organization -- and the impact of software on the architecture -- this volume first covers the basic organization, design, and programming of a simple digital computer, then explores the separate functional units in detail.
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Focused primarily on hardware design and organization and the impact of software on the architecture this volume first covers the basic organization, design, and programming of a simple digital computer, then explores the separate functional units in detail.
- develops an elementary computer to demonstrate by example the organization and design of digital computers.
- uses a simple register transfer language to specify various computer operations.
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I received this book in a slightly damaged condition, i.e., a small tear in the front cover. This would normally not be a big deal, but I expect a new book for which I paid $110 for to be in mint condition. Since I didn't have time to exchange it before my class started, I instead asked Amazon.com for a small credit, without specifying an amount. They replied to my email in just a few hours, offering a 20% refund to my credit card. I thought this was more than fair and a great example of taking care of a customer.
UPDATE 5/27/2010: I recently finished my college class with this book and I didn't like it. The text is very dated (just look at the copyright date). There were one or two parts I couldn't reconcile with other material provided by my college and my professor's answer to the problem was that Mano didn't even know about the issue when he wrote the book because it wasn't invented yet. Hmmmm, is it just me or should a computer text book be newer than 18 years old?
In all fairness, this text book was used for an introductory course, so many of the concepts it teaches are germane to a basic understanding of the topic. However, for the price, I expect updated material. If you need the book for college, then you don't have a choice, but if you want the book for your personal interest, I recommend finding a newer text.
It seems like once or twice every couple paragraphs, Mano will give a one-sentence explanation or description of something; and then a sentence or two later in the same paragraph, he will attempt to make the same point again but by rewording and rearranging the original sentence. I found this so incredibly distracting that I could not finish the book. I think Mano is doing this, i.e. repeating himself, to embed a concept into the student's mind. Not a bad idea, but it is poorly implemented by Mano...
what was so distracting about this, is that even if the reader feels he understands the concept the first time it is presented, when he then reads the reworded version, the tendency is to say "hey, wait a minute, is this the same thing he said before, or do the two statements conflict? or is it new information? Or did I not understand the first time??" So then I, at least, would go back and reread the first statement, then again compare it to the second, until I was able to answer these questions for myself. So it really slowed down my reading. I don't know, maybe it's just the way I read.
I should mention that I was mainly trying to learn from the book by self-study, i.e. no professor, although I did take a microprocessors course about 15 years ago.
Well, I guess I was verbose :-> but I wanted to inform so that anyone who thinks that they also will be distracted by this, buy a different book (like Rafiquzzaman)
The problems are several. First of all, the author leaves many many avenues of obvious questions unexplored. This is a nice introduction to hardware, but it really doesn't get into much detail on some of the more complex areas such as ALU design. In keeping with his "skimming the surface" paradigm, the exercises at the end of the chapter are trivial to say the least. They will not challenge you if you were even remotely attentive while reading.
The book isn't the worst out there, but I'm sure there are better.