Course detail

Peripheral Devices

FIT-IPZAcad. year: 2018/2019

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, Firewire, SCSI.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

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.


The knowledge of digital circuits construction and the components of computers. The knowledge of basic principles of communication on system buses.  


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

  • William Buchanan: Applied PC, Interfacing, Graphics and Interrupts, Addison-Wesley, 1996, Anglie, ISBN 0-201-87728-7, 383 stran
  • Tom Shanley: PCI-X System Architecture, Addison-Wesley, 2004, Anglie, ISBN 0201726823, 688 stran
  • Dave Coleman, Scott Gardiner, Mohammad Kolbehdari, Stephen Peters: PCI Express Electrical Interconnect Design, INTEL PRESS, 2004, ISBN 0-9743649-9-1, 280 stran  
  • John Hyde: USB Design by Example, INTEL PRESS, 2001, ISBN 0-9702846-5-9, 510 stran
  • Friedhelm Schmidt: SCSI Bus & IDE Interface, Addison-Wesley, 1998, Anglie, ISBN 0-201-17514-2, 396 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
  • Bruce Jacob, Spencer W. Ng, David T. WAng: Memory Systems, Cache, Dram, Disk, Elsevier, 2008, ISBN 978-0-12-379751-3, 981 stran
  • Burkhard Kainka: Měření, řízení a regulace pomocí sběrnice USB, BEN, 2002, ISBN 80-7300-073-3
  • Michael Gook: Hardwarová rozhraní, Computer Press, 2006, ISBN 80-251-1019-2, 463 stran
  • Hans-Peter Messmer: The Indispensable PC Hardware Book, Addison-Wesley, 1997, Anglie, ISBN 0-201-40399-4, 1384 pages
  • Linda Null, Julia Lobur: The Essentials of Computer Organization and Architecture, Jones and Bartlett Publishers International, 2006, ISBN 978-0-7637-3769-6, 799 stran


Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Not applicable.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

  • Lab tutorials: 4 points.
  • Mid-term written exam: 30 points.
  • Minimum semestral activity score is not specified.
  • Final written exam: 66 point.


Language of instruction

Czech, English

Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

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

    Syllabus of laboratory exercises:
    • Disc structure.
    • USB analysis.


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

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Laboratories will be possible to be passed during the following weeks.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme IT-BC-3 Bachelor's

    branch BIT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


  • Computer architecture, peripheral devices.
  • Peripheral device controller, the communication with processor.
  • The principles of system bus construction.
  • System bus assignment.
  • Disc memory, the principles of its control.
  • Disc memory, the principles of recording data, disc structure.
  • IDE bus, SATA bus.
  • SCSI bus.
  • RAID architectures.
  • Graphic adapters, displays.
  • AGP bus, DVI interface.
  • PCI and PCI Express buses.
  • USB bus, FireWire bus.

Laboratory exercise

4 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


  • Disc structure.
  • USB analysis.