O.6 Computer Architecture
This knowledge unit ensures students understand the components that comprise a computing system and possess the ability to assess processor design and organization alternatives as they impact functionality and performance of a system.
Specific topics to be covered in this knowledge unit include, but are not limited to:
- Organization of computer and processor architectures
- Instruction set design alternatives
- Processor implementation
- Memory system hierarchy
- I/O systems
- Factors affecting performance
Outcome: Students will be able to define devices of electronic digital circuits and describe how these components are interconnected. They will be able to integrate individual components into a more complex digital system and understand the data path through a CPU.