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FACULTY OF COMPUTER SCIENCE AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (FCSIT)

TMC1214/TMC1213 Computer Architecture Semester 1 2013/2014


Assignment

Title Type

Exploring 32-bit and 64-bit processor architecture This assignment is to be conducted in a group of two. The groups are randomly formed by the lecturer/course coordinator. The objectives of this assignment are: To understand the 32-bit and 64-bit processor architecture To distinguish between the 32-bit and 64-bit processor architecture To explore the processor that implement the 32-bit and 64-bit processor architecture To compare the implementation of the 32-bit and 64-bit processor architecture
In todays computer market, you will notice the existence of 32-bit and 64-bit processor architecture. Using the Internet or relevant resources (book, etc.), find out: 1. What 32-bit and 64-bit processor architecture mean? 2. How they affect the buses width (data and address), memory addresses, RAM size, register, integer size and file size? 3. Discuss the compatibility issues of the 32-bit and 64-bit processor. 4. The background, history, features and application of x86 and Advanced RISC Machine/Acorn RISC Machine (ARM). 5. Explain six (6) differences between x86 and ARM. Prepare a report that answers all the points above in not more than 5 pages, with Times New Roman size 12 font and 1.5 spacing.

Objectives

Tasks

Deliverables

1. The softcopy of the Assignment Cover Sheet that has been completed and signed by every member of a group. 2. A softcopy of your report. 3. Submit through Moprhues.

Marks

This assignment is worth 15% of all marks for TMC1214/TMC1213 Computer Architecture course. 22nd October 2013 (Tuesday) by 12pm No extension of the due date will be given. If, due to circumstances beyond your control, your group are unable to complete the assignment by the due date, your group should submit the incomplete assignment presented in a professional manner and complete a request for special consideration. Submit the deliverables through Morpheus. Use the link that is provided for your group to do so. Allow your group an ample time to learn how to perform the online submission through Morpheus to avoid any submission problem. One group should submit only a copy of the assignment and the Assignment Cover Sheet.
Late assignments may be graded as Fail and awarded zero (0) mark.

Due date Extension

Submission

Lateness policy Plagiarism policy

The final submission must be identifiably your own group work. Your group must use your own words. Please have the appropriate citations and references where necessary. Breaches of this policy will result in an assignment not being accepted for assessment and the offending student being required to present before the Disciplinary Committee. Table of Contents Executive Summary Body 1% 1%

Assessment

Answer to point 1 Answer to point 2 Answer to point 3 Answer to point 4 Answer to point 5

1% 3% 1% 2% 3% 1% 2% 15%

Conclusion Format, citations and references TOTAL MARKS Miscellaneous

Clearly state the division of tasks for your group at the last page of your report. This page is not counted as the report. For example: Table of Contents - All group members Executive Summary - All group members Body

Answer to point 1 Member A Answer to point 2 Member A Answer to point 3 Member A Answer to point 4 Member B Answer to point 5 Member B Conclusion Member B Format, citations and references - All group members