The Components of the System Unit

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The Components of the System Unit by Mind Map: The Components of the System Unit

1. Ports and Connectors

1.1. A port is the point at which a peripheral attaches to or communicates with a system unit (sometimes referred to as a jack)

1.2. A connector joins a cable to a port

1.3. On a notebook computer, the ports are on the back, front, and/or sides

1.4. A USB port can connect up to 127 different peripherals together with a single connector

1.4.1. You can attach multiple peripherals using a single USB port with a USB hub

1.5. Other types of ports include

1.5.1. Firewire port

1.5.2. Bluetooth port A Bluetooth wireless port adapter converts a USB port into a Bluetooth port

1.5.3. SCSI port

1.5.4. eSATA port

1.5.5. IrDA port A smart phone might communicate with a notebook computer using an IrDA port

1.5.6. Serial port

1.5.7. MIDI port

1.6. A port replicator is an external device that provides connections to peripherals through ports built into the device

1.7. A docking station is an external device that attaches to a mobile computer or device

2. Objectives Overview

2.1. Differentiate among various styles of system units on desktop computers, notebook computers, and mobile devices

2.2. Identify chips, adapter cards, and other components of a motherboard

2.3. Describe the control unit and arithmetic logic unit components of a processor, and explain the four steps in a machine cycle

2.4. Identify characteristics of various personal computer processors on the market today, and describe the ways processors are cooled

2.5. Define a bit and describe how a series of bits represents data

2.6. Explain how program instructions transfer in and out of memory

2.7. Differentiate among the various types of memory

2.8. Describe the purpose and types of expansion slots and adapter cards, and differentiate among slots for various removable flash memory devices

2.9. Differentiate between a port and a connector, and explain the differences among a USB port, FireWire port, Bluetooth port, SCSI port, eSATA port, IrDA port, serial port, and MIDI port

2.10. Describe the types of buses in a computer

2.11. Explain the purpose of a power supply and describe how it keeps cool

2.12. Understand how to clean a system unit on a computer or mobile device

3. Data Representation

3.1. Analog signals are continuous and vary in strength and quality

3.2. Digital signals are in one of two states: on or off

3.3. Most computers are digital

3.4. The binary system uses two unique digits (0 and 1)

3.4.1. Bits

3.4.2. New node

3.5. A computer circuit represents the 0 or the 1 electronically by the presence or absence of an electrical charge

3.6. Eight bits grouped together as a unit are called a byte. A byte represents a single character in the computer

3.7. ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) is the most widely used coding scheme to represent data

4. Memory

4.1. Memory consists of electronic components that store instructions waiting to be executed by the processor, data needed by those instructions, and the results of processing the data

4.2. Stores three basic categories of items

4.2.1. The operating system and other system software

4.2.2. Application programs

4.2.3. Data being processed and the resulting information

4.3. Each location in memory has an address

4.4. Memory size is measured in kilobytes (KB or K), megabytes (MB), gigabytes (GB), or terabytes (TB)

4.5. The system unit contains two types of memory

4.5.1. Volatile memory Loses its contents when power is turned off Example includes RAM

4.5.2. Nonvolatile memory Does not lose contents when power is removed Examples include ROM, flash memory, and CMOS

4.6. Three basic types of RAM chips exist

4.6.1. Dynamic RAM (DRAM)

4.6.2. Static RAM (SRAM)

4.6.3. Magnetoresistive RAM (MRAM)

4.7. RAM chips usually reside on a memory module and are inserted into memory slots

4.8. The amount of RAM necessary in a computer often depends on the types of software you plan to use

4.9. Memory cache speeds the processes of the computer because it stores frequently used instructions and data

4.10. Read-only memory (ROM) refers to memory chips storing permanent data and instructions

4.10.1. Firmware

4.11. A PROM (programmable read-only memory) chip is a blank ROM chip that can be written to permanently

4.11.1. EEPROM can be erased

4.12. Flash memory can be erased electronically and rewritten

4.12.1. CMOS technology provides high speeds and consumes little power

4.13. Access time is the amount of time it takes the processor to read from memory

4.13.1. Measured in nanoseconds

5. Expansion Slots and Adapter Cards

5.1. An expansion slot is a socket on the motherboard that can hold an adapter card

5.2. An adapter card enhances functions of a component of the system unit and/or provides connections to peripherals

5.2.1. Sound card

5.2.2. video card

5.3. With Plug and Play, the computer automatically can configure adapter cards and other peripherals as you install them

5.4. Removable flash memory includes

5.4.1. Memory cards

5.4.2. USB flash drives

5.4.3. PC Cards/ExpressCard modules

6. The System Unit

6.1. The system unit is a case that contains electronic components of the computer used to process data

6.2. The inside of the system unit on a desktop personal computer includes

6.2.1. Drive bay(s)

6.2.2. Power supply

6.2.3. Sound card

6.2.4. Video card

6.2.5. Processor

6.2.6. Memory

6.3. The motherboard is the main circuit board of the system unit

6.3.1. A computer chip contains integrated circuits

7. Processor

7.1. The processor, also called the central processing unit (CPU), interprets and carries out the basic instructions that operate a computer

7.1.1. Contain a control unit and an arithmetic logic unit (ALU) Multi-core processor Dual-core processor Quad-core processor

7.2. The control unit is the component of the processor that directs and coordinates most of the operations in the computer

7.3. The arithmetic logic unit (ALU) performs arithmetic, comparison, and other operations

7.4. For every instruction, a processor repeats a set of four basic operations, which comprise a machine cycle

7.5. Most current personal computers support pipelining

7.5.1. Processor begins fetching a second instruction before it completes the machine cycle for the first instruction

7.6. The processor contains registers, that temporarily hold data and instructions

7.7. The system clock controls the timing of all computer operations

7.8. The pace of the system clock is called the clock speed, and is measured in gigahertz (GHz)

7.9. The leading manufacturers of personal computer processor chips are Intel and AMD

7.10. Determine how you plan to use a new computer before selecting a processor

7.11. A processor chip generates heat that could cause the chip to burn up

7.12. Require additional cooling

7.12.1. Heat sinks

7.12.2. Liquid cooling technology

7.13. Parallel processing uses multiple processors simultaneously to execute a single program or task

7.13.1. Massively parallel processing involves hundreds or thousands of processors

8. Buses

8.1. A bus allows the various devices both inside and attached to the system unit to communicate with each other

8.1.1. Data bus

8.1.2. Address bus

8.2. Word size is the number of bits the processor can interpret and execute at a given time

8.3. Expansion slots connect to expansion buses

8.4. Common types of expansion buses include

8.4.1. PCI bus

8.4.2. PCI Express bus

8.4.3. Accelerated Graphics Port

8.4.4. USB and FireWire bus

8.4.5. PC Card bus

9. Bays

9.1. A bay is an opening inside the system unit in which you can install additional equipment

9.1.1. A drive bay typically holds disk drives

10. Putting It All Together

10.1. Home

10.1.1. Minimum RAM: 2 GB Intel Core 2 Duo or Intel Celeron Dual Core AMD Sempron

10.2. Small Office/ Home Office

10.2.1. Minimum RAM: 4 GB Intel Core 2 Quad Intel Core 2 Extreme AMD Athlon FX AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Code

10.3. Mobile

10.3.1. Minimum RAM: 2 GB Intel Core 2 Extreme AMD Turion X2

10.4. Power

10.4.1. Minimum RAM: 8 GB Intel Itanium 2 AMD Quad Core Opteron Intel Quad Core Xeon Sun UltraSPARC T2

10.5. Enterprise

10.5.1. Minimum RAM: 4 GB Intel Core 2 Quad Intel Core 2 Extreme AMD Athlon FX AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core

11. Keeping Your Computer or Mobile Device Clean

11.1. Clean your computer or mobile device once or twice a year

11.2. Turn off and unplug your computer or mobile device before cleaning it

11.3. Use compressed air to blow away dust

11.4. Use an antistatic wipe to clean the exterior of the case and a cleaning solution and soft cloth to clean the screen

12. Summary

12.1. Components of the system unit

12.2. How memory stores data, instructions, and information

12.3. Sequence of operations that occur when a computer executes an instruction

12.4. Comparison of various personal computer processors on the market today

12.5. How to clean the exterior and interior of a system unit