Personal Computers

Language of Instruction:Czech
Public info:http://www.fit.vutbr.cz/study/courses/ITP/public/
Completion:examination (written)
Type of
Guarantor:Kotásek Zdeněk, doc. Ing., CSc. (DCSY)
Lecturer:Kotásek Zdeněk, doc. Ing., CSc. (DCSY)
Instructor:Bartoš Pavel, Ing. (DCSY)
Kajan Michal, Ing. (DCSY)
Tříska Vít, 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 competencies:
  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.
  • I/O Buses, SCSI Bus, Its Structure and Communication.
  • The Principles of Personal Computer Adapter Design and Construction.
  • The Buses for Peripheral Operations Control.
Syllabus of laboratory exercises:
  • PC Power Consumption. 
  • VGA and DVI Interfaces.  
  • 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.
  • PATA and SATA analysis. Disc Structure. 
  • The Control of Peripheral Operations by Means of DOS/BIOS Facilities.
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.

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