• Unit 1: Introduction to Computer Technology

    In this unit, we will discuss some of the advances in technology that led to the development of modern computers. We will begin our study with a look at the different components of a computer. We will then discuss the ways in which we measure hardware and software performance before discussing the importance of computing power and how it motivated the switch from a single-core to a multi-core processor.

    Completing this unit should take you approximately 7 hours.

    • 1.1: Introduction to Computer Processors

    • 1.2: Components of a Computer

    • 1.3: The Role of Processor Performance

    • 1.4: The Power Problem

    • 1.5: The Switch to Parallel Processing

    • 1.6: Case Study: A Recent Intel Processor

    • Unit 1 Assessment