A motivating presentation of how computers evolve, and the decisions that designers have to make in maintaining compatibility with old technology, while introducing the new. The focus of this book is on execution; it's a teaching textbook with clear and understandable topics. Junior/ Senior introductory architecture/organization text for computer science and electrical/computer engineering depts. Highlights include exercises that educate, separate case study reader, functional use of second color, detailed, well written description of the IBM PC, heavy RISC coverage and survey of novel architectures. Features Systematic and focused organization with many built-in learning aids Unique implementation chapter showing how all concepts are put together in practice Super problem sets - over 300 meaningful exercises - most are non-trivial and require the reader to do some thinking and analysis Heavy Risc coverage Separate case studies book detailing prominent and historical architectures 0201509237B04062001Higbie, Lee is the author of 'Computer Architecture' with ISBN 9780201509236 and ISBN 0201509237.