p. 4.07 Each tick is a clock cycle Pace of system clock is clock speed Most clock speeds are in the gigahertz (GHz) range (1 GHz = one billion ticks of system clock per second) Processor speed can also be measured in m illions of i nstructions p er s econd (MIPS)
Controls timing of all computer operations
Generates regular electronic pulses, or ticks, that set operating pace of components of system unit
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p. 4.08 Next Comparison of Widely Used Personal Computer Processors Name Date Clock Introduced Speed Itanium 2 2002 1 GH Z and up Xeon 2001 1.4–2.4 GH Z Itanium 2001 733–800 MH Z Pentium 4 2000 1.4–2.53 GH Z Pentium III Xeon 1999 500–900 MH Z Pentium III 1999 400 MH Z –1.2 GH Z Celeron 1998 266 MH Z –1.8 GH Z Operon 2003 To come Athlon MP 2002 1.53–1.6 GH Z Athlon XP 2001 1.33–1.73 GH Z Athlon 1999 500 MH Z –1.4 GH Z ® ™ ® ® ® ™ ® ® ™ ™ ™ ™
How is a letter converted to binary form and back?
p. 4.15 Fig. 4-16 Step 2. An electronic signal for the capital letter D is sent to the system unit. Step 3. The signal for the capital letter D is converted to its ASCII binary code (01000100) and is stored in memory for processing. Next Step 1. The user presses the capital letter D (shift+D key) on the keyboard. Step 4. After processing, the binary code for the capital letter D is converted to an image, and displayed on the output device.
p. 4.17 The more RAM a computer has, the faster it responds Also called main memory or primary storage Most RAM is volatile , it is lost when computer’s power is turned off Memory chips that can be read from and written to by processor Next Click to view Web Link, then click RAM below Chapter 4
How do program instructions transfer in and out of RAM?
p. 4.17 Fig. 4-19 Step 1. When you start the computer, certain operating system files load into RAM from the hard disk. The operating system displays the user interface on the screen. Operating system instructions Web browser instructions Word processing program instructions Operating system interface Web browser window Word processing program window Web browser program instructions are removed from RAM Web browser window no longer is displayed on desktop Step 2. When you start a Web browser, the program’s instructions load into RAM from the hard disk. The Web browser window is displayed on the screen. Step 3. When you start a word processing program, the program’s instructions load into RAM from the hard disk. The word processing program, along with the Web Browser and certain operating system instructions are in RAM. The word processing program window is displayed on the screen. Step 4. When you quit a program, such as the Web browser, its program instructions are removed from RAM. The Web browser no longer is displayed on the screen. Next RAM RAM
p. 4.18 Dynamic RAM (DRAM) Static RAM (SRAM) Magnetoresistive RAM (MRAM): less power; more storage capability; faster access time; stable; more expensive Next Faster variations of DRAM are SDRAM and RDRAM Used for special applications such as cache Most common type Faster and more reliable than DRAM chips
p. 4.20 Memory chips that store permanent data and instructions Nonvolatile memory , it is not lost when computer’s power is turned off Three types: Firmware — Manufactured with permanently written data, instructions, or information EEPROM ( e lectrically e rasable p rogrammable r ead- o nly m emory)— Type of PROM containing microcode programmer can erase PROM ( p rogrammable r ead- o nly m emory)— Blank ROM chip onto which a programmer can write permanently Next
p. 4.21 Fig. 4-24 Step 1. Purchase and download MP3 music tracks from a Web site. With one end of a special cable connected to the system unit, connect the other end into the MP3 player. Step 2. Instruct the computer to copy the MP3 music track to the flash memory chip in the MP3 player. Step 3. Plug the headphones into the MP3 player, push a button on the MP3 player, and listen to the music through the headphones.
Nonvolatile memory that can be erased electronically and reprogrammed
Used with PDAs, digital cameras, digital cellular phones, music players, digital voice recorders, and pagers
Next MP3 Player Flash memory chip Flash memory card From computer To headphones
p. 4.22 Next Uses battery power to retain information when other power is turned off Stores date, time, and computer’s startup information C omplementary m etal- o xide s emiconductor memory Used in some RAM chips, flash memory chips, and other types of memory chips
p. 4.28 USB ( u niversal s erial b us) port can connect up to 127 different peripherals together with a single connector type Third USB device connects to second USB device, and so on Second USB device connects to first USB device First USB device connects to USB port on computer Single USB port can be used to attach multiple peripherals in a daisy chain PCs typically have two to four USB ports on front or back of the system unit Next
How memory stores data, instructions, and information Sequence of operations that occur when a computer executes an instruction Comparison of various personal computer processors on the market today Chapter 4 Complete