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How to study computer hardware

  1. Jun 27, 2011 #1
    Good morning,

    (Note: I don't know if this is the correct forum to post this.)
    I want to understand in detail the behavior and inter-relations of the components of a computer (CPU and its components, memory, etc.).
    I am finishing reading an introductory book on Computer Architecture/Organization, and I have started to self-study Electricity/Electromagnetism (with "Physics" by Halliday, Resnick and Krane).
    My question is: how should I proceed after studying basic Electricity and Electromagnetism, taking into account my goal of understanding how hardware works? I know I will need Electronics and Digital Electronics, for example, but I don't know which order I should follow or which books I should use. I also don't know if there are more necessary subjects.

    I don't know if this information is relevant, but, for Mathematics, I'm self-studying "The Calculus With Analytic Geometry" by Leithold, and "Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications" by Rosen. I have basic knowledge from high-school on matrices, determinants and linear systems, but I plan on studying Linear Algebra in the future.

    Thank you in advance.
     
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  3. Jun 27, 2011 #2
    You did not say which computer architecture book you finished. If not this one then this might help you learn from the top down.
    http://www.bestwebbuys.com/Computer...ive-Approach-ISBN-9781558603295?isrc=b-search
    From the bottom up understanding MOS transistors would probably be next. This might help.
    http://www.bestwebbuys.com/Operatio...S-Transistor-ISBN-9780195170146?isrc=b-search
    From the lower middle would be a text on digital logic design at the gate and register level, but I cannot seem to find the name and author that I recommend for that.
    From the higher middle might be a book on the languages and software tools used to describe very large projects, perhaps something introducing you to VHDL.
     
  4. Jun 27, 2011 #3
    Thank you for the reply.
    The computer architecture book is a Brazilian (I live in Brazil) book ("Introdução à Organização de Computadores", by Mário Monteiro; the title means "Introduction to Computer Organization").
    I might be wrong, but shouldn't there be some general Electronics content between Electromagnetism and transistors?
     
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