ERIC Number: ED069113
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Apr-14
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Microprogramming Handbook. Second Edition.
Microdata Corp., Santa Ana, CA.
Instead of instructions residing in the main memory as in a fixed instruction computer, a micro-programable computer has a separete read-only memory which is alterable so that the system can be efficiently adapted to the application at hand. Microprogramable computers are faster than fixed instruction computers for several reasons: instruction execution times are from 5 to 30 times faster; file registers can be used for data storage, avoiding memory access cycles; subroutines are closely tailored to specific requirements and data word lengths; input/output routines can be simplified for the application; and special time-consuming algorithms (math, logic) can be easily incorporated into a microprogramed processor. This handbook surveys the field of minicomputers generally and provides a user manual for two Microdata minicomputers. (Author/RH)
Descriptors: Computer Science, Computers, Digital Computers, Electronic Equipment, Guides, Information Storage, Minicomputers, Programing, Technological Advancement
Microdata Corporation, 17481 Red Hill Ave., Irvine, California 92705 ($2.50)
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Authoring Institution: Microdata Corp., Santa Ana, CA.