The Manga Guide to Microprocessors

The Manga Guide to Microprocessors

by Michio Shibuya, Takashi Tonagi, and Office Sawa
August 2017, 264 pp.

"Recommended for high school and gifted middle school students..."tricks" students into learning, as it reads like a comic book."
National Science Teachers Association

Ayumi is a world-class shogi (Japanese chess) player who can’t be beaten—that is, until she loses to a powerful computer called the Shooting Star. Ayumi vows to find out everything she can about her new nemesis. Lucky for her, Yuu Kano, the genius programmer behind the Shooting Star, is willing to teach her all about the inner workings of the microprocessor—the “brain” inside all computers, phones, and gadgets.

Follow along with Ayumi in The Manga Guide to Microprocessors and you’ll learn about:

  • How the CPU processes information and makes decisions
  • How computers perform arithmetic operations and store information
  • Logic gates and how they’re used in integrated circuits
  • The Key components of modern computers, including registers, GPUs, and RAM
  • Assembly language and how it differs from high-level programming languages

Whether you’re a computer science student or just want to understand the power of microprocessors, you’ll find what you need to know in The Manga Guide to Microprocessors.

Author Bio 

A 1971 graduate of Tokai University’s electrical engineering department, former nuclear magnetic resonance researcher Michio Shibuya has been a MOS product designer and developer for over 12 years. Shibuya has since pursued a career in IC design and is the author of The Manga Guide to Fourier Transforms, The Manga Guide to Semiconductors, and other books.

Table of contents 

Chapter 1: What Does the CPU Do?
Chapter 2: Digital Operations
Chapter 3: CPU Architecture
Chapter 4: Operations
Chapter 5: Programs
Chapter 6: Microcontrollers

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“Recommended for public school and college library collections for its educational content and its reader-friendly format!”
Midwest Book Review

“Thorough, packs in piles of details about computers. I strongly recommend this book.”

“Provides an impressive amount of information on such a vast topic.”
School Library Connection

“Fun, well drawn, and simplified...Every library and college bookstore needs to have this entire series! ”
Sequential Tart

“Beginners, computer science students, and aficionados will find the manga style engaging and the textual sections deep with details about the inner workings of computer processors. ”
Bench Talk for Design Engineers