[OpenBIOS] Architecture

James Oakley jfunk at roadrunner.nf.net
Mon Jul 5 19:38:42 CEST 1999

Tim Small wrote:
> Hi,
> I am wondering if anyone has any recommendations for a general book which covers
> x86 assembly, with a decent overview of x86 system architecture.  I've previously

One of my old textbooks may be of good use (it's not actually old, just
a year ago). It severely goes over x86 architecture, hardware design,
and assembly. I really like it, the contents are quite practical. The
author also has designed a plug-in prototype card available at
Electronics Express which is referenced in the book. Both the book and
card are available (kit or pre-built) at Electronics Express, and the
book itself is available most anywhere (it's Prentice-Hall). Oh yeah,
the book's name (oops) is "The 80x86 IBM PC and Compatible Computers:
Assembly Language, Design, and Interfacing" by Muhammad Ali Mazidi &
Janice Gillespie Mazidi.

Another book to take a look at is Horowitz & Hill's "The Art of
Electronics." They're kind of like the Kernighan & Ritchie of
electronics, the book goes over *everything* electronic in very good
detail, including microprocessors and architecture, but not specific to
any one (x86, Motorola and Zilog among others are covered).

But the Mazidi book is *highly* recommended. I referenced it while
designing the OpenBIOS development card, which I should throw on a
site... I'll probably do that tonight.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask, there's a lot more
people on this list than one might think, who can answer.

James Oakley
jfunk at roadrunner.nf.net
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