Saturday, December 25, 2004

Review of Introduction to Microprocessors and Microcontrollers Posted

Amazon.com just posted my four star review of Introduction to Microprocessors and Microcontrollers. From the review:

"I reviewed the 1998 edition of this book, 'Introduction to Microprocessors,' (ITM) about a year ago. I gave that book five stars for bringing the internal workings of CPUs within the reach of the computer layman. This new 2004 edition, 'Introduction to Microprocessors and Microcontrollers,' (ITMAM) isn't quite the update I expected, but it's still a great book.

The major differences between ITM and ITMAM involve a few sections. First, material on the Alpha 21164 microprocessor is replaced by a discussion of the AMD Athlon XP. Second, two chapters on microcontrollers are added. Author John Crisp defines a microcontroller as essentially a microprocessor with some ROM and RAM on a single chip. Third, Crisp briefly discusses the innards of popular game consoles in ch 11. Finally, a short discussion of writing assembly language adds another layer to the new edition. "

No comments: