Category:I600 Introduction to Computers and Informatics

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In this course we'll give an introduction to variety of topics.

Points: 6 ECTS

Grading: homework + exam

Lecturer: Lauri Võsandi


Introduction to computer hardware

Jargon: Hard disk drive (HDD), Solid state drive (SSD), conventional PCI, PCI Express, USB2.

Exam questions:

  • Different buses and their uses
  • What are the differences between HDD and SDD? [1]
  • What are difference between volatile/non-volatile, RAM, ROM, EEPROM and where are they used?
  • What are difference between asynchronous/synchronous, dynmic/static RAM and where are they used?
  • What is cache? What is cache coherence? [2]
  • What are differences between resistive and capacitive touchscreen? [3]
  • Name screen technologies making use of TFT technology? [4]
  • What are the differences between linear vs switching power regulation? Understanding
  • Name uses for light polarization filters?
  • What are the benefits of twisted pair and differential signaling?
  • Active matrix vs passive matrix in display technology
  • What is resistance? Capacitance? Inductance?

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