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Peripheral Devices (in English)

IPZe Acad. year 2023/2024 Summer semester 3 credits

Course is not open in this 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, Centronics and its versions, SCSI.


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Examination (written)

Time span

  • 26 hrs lectures

Assessment points

  • 70 pts final exam
  • 30 pts mid-term test



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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, USB, Firewire). To provide students with the information on principles of constructing peripheral devices (HDD, monitors, printers).
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.

Recommended prerequisites

Prerequisite knowledge 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

  • Kotásek, Z.: Texty přednášek v elektronické podobě. Studijní opora dostupná na:
  • Hans-Peter Messmer: The Indispensable PC Hardware Book, Addison-Wesley, 1997, Anglie, ISBN 0-201-40399-4, 1384 stran
  • Friedhelm Schmidt: SCSI Bus & IDE Interface, Addison-Wesley, 1998, Anglie, ISBN 0-201-17514-2, 396 stran
  • Dave Coleman, Scott Gardiner, Mohammad Kolbehdari, Stephen Peters: PCI Express Electrical Interconnect Design, INTEL PRESS, 2004, ISBN 0-9743649-9-1, 280 stran
  • Knut Grimsrud, Hubbert Smith: Serial ATA Storage Architecture and Applications, INTEL PRESS, 2006, ISBN 0-9717861-8-6, 357 stran
  • Don Anderson: SATA Storage Technology, Mindshare Press, 2007, ISBN 978-0-9770878-1-5, 463 stran

Syllabus of lectures

  • The Types of Peripheral Devices, Their Function in a Computer System.
  • Peripheral Device Controller, Communication with Processor.
  • System Buses.
  • Graphic Adapters, Monitors.
  • AGP Bus.
  • Printers, the Construction and Control.
  • IDE and SCSI Buses.
  • Hard Disc Drives, Recording Methods, HDD Control.
  • The Structure of Hard Disc Drives.
  • USB.
  • Optical Memories, Recording Methods.
  • Plotters, Digitizers, Scanners.
  • Principles of Communication in Technology Environment.

Progress assessment

  • Mid-term written exam: 30 points
  • Final written exam: 70 points


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