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The Computing Technology Inside Your Smartphone

Explore the fundamental computing technology inside smartphones and the advanced techniques that make them run so fast.
This course is archived
Estimated 10 weeks
6 hours per week
Instructor-paced
Instructor-led on a course schedule
Free
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About this course

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We use our smartphones to communicate, to organize our lives, to find information, and to entertain ourselves. All of this is possible because a smartphone contains a powerful computer processor, which is the subject of this course. This computer science course starts by moving step-by-step through the fundamental layers of computing technology, from binary numbers to application software, and then covers advanced performance techniques and the details of actual smartphone processors.

Learn about:

  • Digital logic
  • Computer organization
  • Instruction sets
  • Application Software
  • Advanced performance techniques
  • Actual smartphone processors

This Course also provides students with the technical knowledge and the Jade design tool experience to succeed in the more advanced MITx 6.004 MOOC - Computation Structures course sequence.

At a glance

  • Institution: CornellX
  • Subject: Computer Science
  • Level: Introductory
  • Prerequisites:

    High school mathematics background in algebra and number systems

  • Language: English

What you'll learn

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  • Describe how a smartphone processor works
  • Explain computer system design from binary information to programming
  • Design a small working computer
  • Describe common techniques used to make computers fast

Week 1: Introduction and Digital Logic

  • Overview
  • Inside Smartphone
  • Big Ideas
  • Numbers

Week 2: Digital Logic (cont'd)

  • Operations
  • Transistors and Gates

Week 3: Digital Logic (cont'd)

  • Muxes and Decoders
  • Adders

Week 4: Digital Logic (cont'd)

  • Storage
  • Finite State Machines

Week 5: Computer Organization

  • Stored Program Computer
  • LC-3 Instructions
  • LC-3

Week 6: Computer Organization (cont'd)

  • Instructional Set Architecture
  • ISA 2

Week 7: Computer Organization (cont'd)

  • ARM ISA
  • LC-3 Control

Week 8: Programming

  • Programming to Solve Problems
  • Assembly Language
  • Input/Output (I/O)
  • C Programming

Week 9: Performance

  • Pipelining
  • Hazards
  • Instruction Level Parallelism
  • Thread Level Parallelism
  • Data Level Parallelism

Week 10: Performance (cont'd)

  • Caches
  • Multicore
  • Permanent Storage
  • Snapdragon
  • Conclusion

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