Saturday, October 3, 2009

Microprocessors

This is supposed to certify that this blog is supposed to be about microprocessors.

Microprocessor: A microprocessor incorporates most or all of the functions of a (CPU) on a single integrated circuit (IC). The first microprocessors emerged in the early 1970s and were used for electronic calculators, using binary-coded decimal (BCD) arithmetic on 4-bit words. Other embedded uses of 4- and 8-bit microprocessors, such as terminals, printers, various kinds of automation etc, followed rather quickly. Affordable 8-bit microprocessors with 16-bit addressing also led to the first general purpose microcomputers in the mid-1970s.

Yes, that's right. At least that's what wikipedia says what a microprocessor is. But this is not about microprocessors or wikipedia. This is about our tryst with microprocessors.

We have a subject on microprocessors and micro-controllers for the 5th sem. And we have a great stalwart to teach us all about that little rascal inside ATX cabinets throwing error reports on the screens- the very microprocessor or µP as it is called fondly by its loyal fans.

We are supposed to have 45 hours on the subject. And that was our first class.
The guy came and told us a few words about the Intel 8085. He told us what a microprocessor is and about some computers and odd. That day, i was amazed to know all that and my interest towards those little workers sitting on our motherboards shot out.
The next day was on the architecture of 8085. I didn't know if we were ready to take it, but it just happened. The next class the gladiator who is supposed to tackle 62 anxious engineers didn't turn up. And so didn't, the next class, the next class and on...

At times, he used to come to class and just sit on the benches as one among us. One must appreciate his down-to-earth attitude. He said that he had his project to complete (as he was doing M.E. in the same college as i did) and in further classes he put forth his bold and logical statement- "WHY SHOULD I TEACH YOU? WHAT DO I GET IN RETURN? DO YOU THINK I DON'T HAVE ANY USEFUL WORK TO DO?"

Of course, what he spoke made us think...
And that bravado walks on the lairs of my college with his sweetheart (who by the way is as repulsive as the wicked witch who comes in THE WIZARD OF OZ. See that our rambo thinks she is the most beautiful woman on the earth. Now, imagine what he looks like...)

With about 40 classes over without an entry into µP, our sem is gonna culminate and there he is... Our Mr. Know-it-all, boasting, "IF I TEACH YOU µP, IT WILL BE LIKE READING A HUGE GK BOOK ON THE SUBJECT". Salutes to the great soul...

P.S: Only obscenely offensive comments allowed.

Also, due to extreme fear of my college life hazards, I've forbidden myself from publishing this post for about 4 months. Now that I have brought out 71 marks from 10 sheets of paper and almost zero knowledge on Microprocessors, I've decided to publish this post, no matter what the consequences.

2 comments:

  1. Why scold him so much?
    He was the one who thought us one thing to survive in our college-"What you learn by yourself is only useful"
    :-)

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  2. man....learn the insession set...then comment

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