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A Fine Grain Microprocessor Design Education Considering Situated Nature of Learning

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This paper proposes a new training method for instructing newcomers in the field of microprocessor design. By using this method, which is an extension of the method known as Legitimate Peripheral Participation (LPP) proposed by Lave and Wenger, the newcomers can obtain creativity beyond the teaching materials in the course. In the microprocessor design education for junior students, the authors had been using pipelining as the subject for the first 5 years, which resulted in a failure, since it requires a first step, which could not be appropriate for the observation of the microprocessors. After they started to use the instruction issue logic for the superscalar microprocessors as a "Way-in" considering LPP, many devices have become appeared among the junior students' designs.

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