12 Free eBooks On Hardware Design And Architecture!

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Studying hardware design and architecture? Here are some free ebooks to help you out.

Atithya Amaresh


Investing on courses, certification and books can be tough on your pocket. To ease out the pressure for the current and aspirant computer hardware designers and architects out there, we bring 15 absolutely free ebooks On Hardware Design And Architecture. Happy reading!

1. USB in a NutShell

Author/s: Craig Peacock
Publisher: Beyond Logic, 2007

Topics of the book includes, “Introduction to USB, Background, Architectural Overview, USB Data Flow Model, USB’s Two Standard Connectors, Low Level Electrical Signalling, Protocol Layer, USB Device Frame Work, USB Host Hardware and Software and Hub Specification.”

2. High Performance Computing

Author/s: Charles Severance, Kevin Dowd
Publisher: O’Reilly Media, 1998

The book aims to help out the new programmers and scientists in learning the basics of High Performance Computing. All that the book requires the reader to have is some basic understanding of modern computer architecture ans not any advanced computer engineering degree.

3. VLSI

Author/s: Zhongfeng Wang
Publisher: InTech, 2010

The advancements in the VLSI technology have led to a huge explosion of development in computer and electronics. The book aims to elaborate the VLSI design techniques at various levels i.e. at the device level, the circuit level, the system level, and the architectural level.

4. Capability-Based Computer Systems

Author/s: Henry M. Levy
Publisher: Digital Press, 1984

The book is not just an introduction but also a survey, history and evaluation of the capability and object based computer systems. It is one of the most detailed text describing the early capability based and object based software/hardware systems.

5. Circuit Design Using Personal Computers

Author/s: Thomas R. Cuthbert
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, 1983

The book is a practical guide for designers looking to design electronic circuits with use of small computers and programmable calculators. These two makes it simple task to use and apply both classical and sophisticated techniques of designing.

The book helps you prepare yourself for WebSphere Web site used in e-commerce. The book guides on architecture for virtualization with WebSphere Application Server, advanced clustering techniques for maximizing Web site availability with WebSphere Application Server, and more.

6. Computer Aids for VLSI Design

Author/s: Steven M. Rubin
Publisher: Addison-Wesley, 1994

A broad view of the computational tools for VLSI designers. This book contains information valuable both to tool builders and to chip designers. The exposition is understandable to anyone familiar with computer programming and chip design.

7. Designing Analog Chips

Author/s: Hans Camenzind
Publisher: Virtualbookworm.com Publishing, 2005

The book is a comprehensive introduction to CMOS and analog IC design for engineers with a non-analog background. The emphasis is given on practical design, the entire field is covered with hundreds of examples. Very clear exposition.

8. Quantitative System Performance, Computer System Analysis Using Queuing Network Models

Author/s: Edward D. Lazowska
Publisher: Prentice Hall, 1984

This is a book book for computer system performance analysts. It should teach them to apply queueing network models as tools to assist in answering the questions of cost and performance that arise throughout the life of a computer system.

9. How Computers Work: Processor and Main Memory

Author/s: Roger Young
Publisher: 1st Books Library, 2002

The book is an electrical engineering text aimed at a non-technical audience with no knowledge of computers or electronics. The book begins with a very simple circuit and continues to a very complex circuit (a computer) while explaining everything.

10. Principles of Semiconductor Devices

Author/s: Bart Van Zeghbroeck, 2007

Aiming towards those who are willing to explore the behavior and attributes of the semiconductor devices, the book explains the relation in between the device material parameters vis-a-vis their resulting electrical characteristics. The book also provides the relationship between the physics and the design of the circuits.

11. Computer Organization and Design Fundamentals

Author/s: David Tarnoff
Publisher: Lulu.com, 2007

The text by David Tarnoff provides the tools that helps in better and easier understanding of the organization and logic design of the internals of a computer. It introduces the reader with the designing and creation of the computer circuits.

12. Algorithms and Data Structures in VLSI Design

Author/s: Christoph Meinel, Thorsten Theobald
Publisher: Springer, 1998

The invention and application of ordered binary decision diagrams (OBDDs) resulted into dramatic growth and developments in computer-aided design projects and if you are willing to study deeper in this research this book lends help. The content majorly focuses on applications in computer-aided circuit design.


The writer is a senior correspondent at EFY, Gurgaon

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