Course details

Peripheral Devices

IPZ Acad. year 2018/2019 Winter semester 3 credits

Current academic year

The attention is paid especially to the principles of construction and control of peripheral devices (disc memories, monitors, graphic adapters) and their controllers. The inclusion of peripheral device controller into the computer architecture, communication with processor.The attention is also paid to the description and utilisation of system and I/O buses of computers for the control of peripheral oprations: communication on the bus, principles of bus allocation, DMA, interrupt requests. Disc memories, recording methods, the construction of disc memory, parameters, communication between controller and disc memory, register model of disc memory. Displays, graphic adapters and their structure, development stages. The principles of communication between peripheral device controller and a peripheral device, examples of interfaces: parallel ATA, serial ATA, USB, Firewire, SCSI.


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Examination (written)

Time span

26 hrs lectures, 4 hrs laboratories

Assessment points

66 exam, 30 half-term test, 4 labs




Krčma Martin, Ing. (DCSY FIT BUT)
Lojda Jakub, Ing. (DCSY FIT BUT)
Pánek Richard, Ing. (DCSY FIT BUT)
Šimek Václav, Ing. (DCSY FIT BUT)

Subject specific learning outcomes and competences

Students will learn how to utilize knowledge gained by studying hardware oriented courses dealing with the construction of computer systems. They will become acquainted with both classical and modern technologies of controlling peripheral devices together with the construction of peripheral devices. They will learn how to utilize this information for other activities like the design of external adapters or developing drivers of peripheral devices. They will be provided with the information on trends in peripheral devices design and their utilization in computer systems.

Learning objectives

To develop the knowledge gained in the courses dealing with the construction of computers, to present the principles of communication between processor and peripheral devices controllers. To describe principles of system buses, primarily PCI and PCI Express. To explain principles of controlling peripheral operations together with some types of peripheral interfaces (HDD interfaces, SCSI bus, DVI, USB, Firewire). To provide students with the information on principles of constructing peripheral devices (HDD, monitors).

Why is the course taught

The course provides students with practical information from the area of peripheral devices, their controllers construction and buses. They will use this knowledge during their studies and in praxis.


Prerequisite kwnowledge and skills

The knowledge of digital circuits construction and the components of computers. The knowledge of basic principles of communication on system buses.  

Study literature

Fundamental literature

  • William Buchanan: Applied PC, Interfacing, Graphics and Interrupts, Addison-Wesley, 1996, Anglie, ISBN 0-201-87728-7, 383 page.
  • Tom Shanley: PCI-X System Architecture, Addison-Wesley, 2004, Anglie, ISBN 0201726823, 688 pages.
  • Dave Coleman, Scott Gardiner, Mohammad Kolbehdari, Stephen Peters: PCI Express Electrical Interconnect Design, INTEL PRESS, 2004, ISBN 0-9743649-9-1, 280 pages.
  • John Hyde: USB Design by Example, INTEL PRESS, 2001, ISBN 0-9702846-5-9, 510 pages.
  • Friedhelm Schmidt: SCSI Bus & IDE Interface, Addison-Wesley, 1998, Anglie, ISBN 0-201-17514-2, 396 pages.
  • Knut Grimsrud, Hubbert Smith: Serial ATA Storage Architecture and Applications, INTEL PRESS, 2006, ISBN 0-9717861-8-6, 357 pages.
  • Don Anderson: SATA Storage Technology, Mindshare Press, 2007, ISBN 978-0-9770878-1-5, 463 pages.
  • Bruce Jacob, Spencer W. Ng, David T. WAng: Memory Systems, Cache, Dram, Disk, Elsevier, 2008, ISBN 978-0-12-379751-3, 981 pages.
  • Burkhard Kainka: Měření, řízení a regulace pomocí sběrnice USB, BEN, 2002, ISBN 80-7300-073-3 (in Czech).
  • Michael Gook: Hardwarová rozhraní, Computer Press, 2006, ISBN 80-251-1019-2, 463 stran (in Czech).
  • Hans-Peter Messmer: The Indispensable PC Hardware Book, Addison-Wesley, 1997, Anglie, ISBN 0-201-40399-4, 1384 pages.
  • Linda Null, Julia Lobur: The Essentials of Computer Organization and Architecture, Jones and Bartlett Publishers International, 2006, ISBN 978-0-7637-3769-6, 799 pages.
  • Liza Wallach Kloski; Nick Kloski: Začínáme s 3D tiskem: Praktická příručka k hardwaru i softwaru k ovládnutí 3D tisku, Computer Press 2017, 216 stran (in Czech).

Syllabus of lectures

  • Computer architecture, peripheral devices.
  • Peripheral device controller, the communication with processor.
  • The principles of system bus construction.
  • System bus assignment.
  • Disc memory, the principles of its control.
  • Disc memory, the principles of recording data, disc structure.
  • IDE bus, SATA bus.
  • SCSI bus.
  • RAID architectures.
  • Graphic adapters, displays.
  • AGP bus, DVI interface.
  • PCI and PCI Express buses.
  • USB bus, FireWire bus.

Syllabus of laboratory exercises

  • Disc structure.
  • USB analysis.

Progress assessment

  • Lab tutorials: 4 points.
  • Mid-term written exam: 30 points.
  • Minimum semestral activity score is not specified.
  • Final written exam: 66 point.


Controlled instruction

Laboratories will be possible to be passed during the following weeks.

Course inclusion in study plans

  • Programme BIT, 2nd year of study, Elective
  • Programme IT-BC-3, field BIT, 2nd year of study, Elective
  • Programme IT-BC-3, field BIT, 3rd year of study, Compulsory
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