Classic Computer Magazine Archive CREATIVE COMPUTING VOL. 11, NO. 4 / APRIL 1985 / PAGE 16

Beginner's guide to microprocessors. (book reviews) Russ Lockwood.

This introductory text explains microprocessor architecture, technology, and functions to the "uninitiated" electronics enthusiast. It explains microprocessor programming concepts and touches on techniques for software documentation.

The book starts with the development of the microprocessor, moves into a thorough explanation of the binary, octal, and hexidecimal numbering systems, and then examines the logic behind digital circuits.

The book then delves into the microprocessor programming instructions set, including data transfer, arithmetic, logic, branch, subroutine, and special commands. It reviews important characteristics of seven popular microprocessors--Intel 8051, 8085, and 8088/8086; Zilog Z80; MOS Technology 6502; and Motorola 6802 and 68000--and ends with suggestions for home experiments using microprocessors.

Charles Gilmore stuffs a lot of information between the covers. Indeed, perhaps too much, for he sometimes overwhelms the novice with detail. Still, the information text and multitude of diagrams, circuit schematics, and other illustrations make the Beginner's Guide to Microprocessors an invaluable reference.

Review Grade: A