Paperback: 528 pages
Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (September 13, 2016)
Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
Best Sellers Rank: #25,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #2 in Books > Computers & Technology > Hardware & DIY > Microprocessors & System Design > Computer Design #9 in Books > Computers & Technology > Hardware & DIY > Single Board Computers #10 in Books > Computers & Technology > Hardware & DIY > Design & Architecture
I was debating giving this book two stars but I decided to give it the benefit of the doubt and consider that there probably is a certain audience that would find this book helpful. That audience is beginning young computer enthusiasts and makers (Arduino/Raspberry Pi) and college sophomores supplementing their basic Digital Design coursework.To start, lets talk about what this book is not, and that I believe most buyers like myself, were hoping it would be. This book is not about how Eben Upton developed the Raspberry Pi. There are no chapters dealing with spec-ing active and passive components, PCB layout, MCU selection, voltage and current considerations, writing firmware, selecting and customizing an OS, programming on-board chips, re-configurable logic, networking chips, or integrating peripherals. What you are basically getting for thirty dollars is Schaum's Outline of Computer Architecture ($3 used) with some updated material and hand-waving at the Raspberry Pi. Perhaps a better description of this book is that of a dumbed down, college sophomore version of the unpleasant yet venerable Patterson and Hennessy CompArch tome we all had the misfortune of reading as an academic, and non-practical, soporific. So really read over the table of contents for this book and realize you are buying a book on generic computer architecture with very little Raspberry Pi specific details. If you think this book is going to give you any practical insights for building your own computer, or how that process works, forget it, this is purely an academic/theoretically introduction covering generic computer basics.Two final points: I highly doubt Eben Upton had much to do with writing this book besides being listed as the author and writing or approving the introduction.
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