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Review, December 4, 2003


We have learned the general concepts of computer hardware in last three lectures. In this lecture, we will study how these general concepts are used and extended in modern microprocessors. Microprocessors are designed to meet different requirements, for example, fast speed, versatile functionality, low cost, or combinations thereof. This lecture introduces techniques for satisfying these requirements by using three types of microprocessors: microcontrollers, digital signal processors, and general purpose processors.