Personal Computers

Public info:http://www.fit.vutbr.cz/study/courses/ITP/public/
Completion:examination (written)
Type of
Hour/semLecturesSem. ExercisesLab. exercisesComp. exercisesOther
Guarantee:Kotásek Zdeněk, doc. Ing., CSc., DCSY
Lecturer:Kotásek Zdeněk, doc. Ing., CSc., DCSY
Instructor:Dobai Roland, Ing., Ph.D., DCSY
Grochol David, Ing., DCSY
Šimek Václav, Ing., DCSY
Faculty:Faculty of Information Technology BUT
Department:Department of Computer Systems FIT BUT
Design of Computer Systems (INP), DCSY
Learning objectives:
  To provide students with the information on personal computer structure, parameters, its component structure and trends for the future.
  The course will provide students with up-to-date information on personal computer technique. Students will acquire the information on the principles of personal computer structure, I/O buses, elementary principles of external adapter construction and buses for the communication with peripheral devices.
Learning outcomes and competences:
  Students will become acquainted with the principles of PC construction and certain typical peripheral devices construction. In laboratory tutorials the attention will be paid especially to the principles of peripheral device control.
Syllabus of lectures:
  • The Developmnent Stages of Personal Computers, Parameters, Concepts.
  • The Development Stages of Intel Microprocessor Architectures.
  • The Implementation of CISC and RISC Arhitectures in Intel Microprocessors.
  • Memory Organization, Elements, Technologies, Memory Addressing, I/O Ports Addressing. CMOS Memory.
  • Cache Memory, its Organization and Implementation.
  • Coprocessors and Their Role in Personal Computer.
  • The Information on Actual Chipset.
  • The Principles of Peripheral Operations Control, PIO Modes, Interrupt Request, Direct Memory Access.
  • The Developmnent Stages of Personal Computer Buses.
  • Centronics, Its Structure and Communication.
  • The Principles of Personal Computer Adapter Design and Construction.
  • The Buses for Peripheral Operations Control.
  • LANs, components.
Syllabus of laboratory exercises:
  • PC Power Consumption. 
  • VGA Interface.  
  • Communication with Keyboard, Keyboard Controller.
  • PCI Express System Bus.
  • PCI System Bus. 
  • How to Develop Drivers under Windows and Linuz OS. 
  • USB.
  • Communication with D/A Converter.
  • HDD, Controller and Its Structure, Registers, Peripheral Operation Control Through Registers, disc organisation.
  • The Control of Peripheral Operations by Means of DOS/BIOS Facilities.
  • HDD, Controller and Its Structure, Registers, Peripheral Operation Control Through Registers.
  • Graphic Adapter, Controller and Its Structure, Registers, Peripheral Operation Control Through Registers.
Fundamental literature:
  • Hans-Peter Messmer: The Indispensable PC Hardware Book, Addison-Wesley, 1997, England, ISBN 0-201-40399-4, 1384 pages
  • Hans-Peter Messmer: The Indispensable Pentium Book, Addison-Wesley, 1995, USA, ISBN 0-201-87727-9, 496 pages
  • Scott Mueller: Upgrading and Repairing PCs, QUE, 2008, ISBN 0-7897-3697-7, 1556 pages
  • Carl Hamacher, Zvonko Vranesic, Safwat Zaky: Computer Organization, McGraw Hill, 2002, ISBN 0-07-232086-9, 805 pages
  • William Stallings: Computer Organization and architecture, designing for performance, Prentice Hall, 2006, ISBN 0-13-185644-8, 778 pages
Study literature:
  • The texts of lectures in electronic form.
Controlled instruction:
  Attending lab experiments, mid-term exam passing.
Progress assessment:
  Written mid-term exam.