Monday, 29 August 2016


Nielit July, 2014
1. There are TWO PARTS in this Module/Paper. PART ONE contains FOUR questions and
PART TWO contains FIVE questions.
2. PART ONE is to be answered in the OMR ANSWER SHEET only, supplied with the
question paper, as per the instructions contained therein. PART ONE is NOT to be
answered in the answer book.
3. Maximum time allotted for PART ONE is ONE HOUR. Answer book for PART TWO will be
supplied at the table when the answer sheet for PART ONE is returned. However,
candidates, who complete PART ONE earlier than one hour, can collect the answer book for
PART TWO immediately after handing over the answer sheet for PART ONE.

(PART ONE – 40; PART TWO – 60)

(Answer all the questions)

1. Each question below gives a multiple choice of answers. Choose the most appropriate one and enter in the “OMR” answer sheet supplied with the question paper, following instructions therein. (1x10)

1.1 Von Neumann architecture of computer is mainly characterized by
A) Separate storage and signal path ways for their instructions and data
B) Stored- program concept emphasizing storing of data as well as the instructions to
manipulate that data, in the same way
C) Swiftly execution of program
D) None of the above
1.2 A refinement of SR flip-flop in which indeterminate condition of the SR type is defined as
A) JK Flip-flop
B) D Flip-flop
C) T Flip-flop
D) None of the above

1.3 1000 1111 is representation of -15 in
A) In Signed - 1’s complement representation
B) In Signed - magnitude representation
C) In Signed - 2’s complement representation
D) None of the above
1.4 With R1 = 1010, and R2 = 1100, the output of logic microoperation statement
P : R1 R1 R2 with P = 1 and representing exclusive OR microoperation is
A) 1110
B) 1000
C) 0110
D) None of the above
1.5 The address of memory word containing the address of the operand in instruction code is
A) Indirect address
B) Immediate address
C) Direct address
D) None of the above

1.6 Which of the following expression is in Polish notation?
A) A * B + C * D
B) + * A B * C D
C) A B * C D * +
D) None of the above
1.7 For numbers in Sign-magnitude notation, the addition of magnitude of both numbers is
performed if the result of XOR of sign digits of both numbers is
A) Zero
B) One
C) Zero or one
D) None of the above
1.8 Suppose each transmitted character consists of 11 bits and is being transmitted at the rate
of 11 characters per second in serial transmission. The transfer rate is
A) 100 baud
B) 110 baud
C) 121 baud
D) None of the above
1.9 Memory used for backup is called
A) Virtual memory
B) Main memory
C) Auxiliary memory
D) None of the above
1.10 Extra segment register in 8086 assembly language is
A) A spare segment registers
B) Used for referring data in some string manipulation instruction
C) Used for referring program code
D) None of the above

2. Each statement below is either TRUE or FALSE. Choose the most appropriate one and ENTER in the “OMR” answer sheet supplied with the question paper, following instructions therein. (1x10)

2.1 Every logical gates of computer handle multiple inputs.
2.2 Multiplexer is also called data selector.
2.3 Overflow condition is never generated on addition of a positive number and a negative
2.4 Four logic microoperations AND, OR, XOR and Complement are sufficient to implement all
16 microoperations.
2.5 BSA (Branch and Save Return Address) instruction can be performed in one clock cycle.
2.6 IP is used to push or pop items into or from the stack.
2.7 Subtraction is implemented by taking numbers in 1’s complement.
2.8 In DMA, CPU merely delays its memory access operations.
2.9 Address space is allowed to be smaller than memory space in computer with virtual
2.10 Effective address of an operand in Assembly refers to the distance of data from the
beginning of a segment.

3. Match words and phrases in column X with the closest related meaning/word(s)/phrase(s) in column Y. Enter your selection in the “OMR” answer sheet supplied with the question paper, following instructions therein. (1x10)

                                 X                                                                             Y

3.1 Multi-input gate sensitive to logic 0 on any one of its             A. Normalized
inputs, irrespective of any value at other inputs.
3.2 Storage element employed in clocked sequential                   B. Associative memory
3.3 A floating point number with non-zero most                         C. AND
significant digit of mantissa.
3.4 A digital circuit which forms arithmetic sum                         D. Non-vectored interrupt
of two bits and a previous
3.5 Second part of an instruction code                                        E. Immediate instruction
 containing operand.
3.6 Converting expression to evaluate arithmetic                      F. Full adder
expression in stack computer.
3.7 Multiplication of two numbers in 2’s complement form.     G. Post fix
3.8 In interrupt-Initiated I/O, branch address is assigned           H. In fix
to a fixed location in
3.9 Memory unit access by content.                                           I. NOT
3.10 Reversing (changing ones to zeroes and vice versa)         J. Restoring method
the bits of operand in Assembly language.
                                                                                                   K. Flip-flop
                                                                                                  L. Booths algorithm
                                                                                                M. Vectored interrupt

4. Each statement below has a blank space to fit one of the word(s) or phrase(s) in the list below. Enter your choice in the “OMR” answer sheet supplied with the question paper, following instructions therein. (1x10)

A. Pipelining                                       B. END                                         C. XOR
D. Detecting                                       E. Software                                    F.
G. Hit ratio                                         H. EEPROM                                  I. ADD
J. Binary adder                                   K. Instruction Register                      L. Hardware
M. Program Counter

4.1 Complement of AND is ________.
4.2 Flash memory is a form of ________.
4.3 A digital circuit which generates the arithmetic sum of two binary numbers of any length is
called ________.
4.4 Parity bit is error ________code.
4.5 The address of the next instruction to be executed is available in ________.
4.6 A ________interrupt is initiated by executing an instruction.
4.7 In implementing hardware algorithm for addition and subtraction of two numbers in
sign-magnitude notation, the sign bits of two numbers are compared through ________
4.8 ________is a technique of decomposing a sequential process into sub-operations with each
sub-process being executed in special dedicated segment which operates concurrently with
all other segments.
4.9 The performance of cache memory is measured by ________.
4.10 ________ is assembler directive.

(Answer any FOUR questions)

a) What is full adder? Give its truth table and express simplified Boolean function of full adder
as sum of product form. Draw the logic diagram using NAND gate.
b) Explain how floating point representation of number is done? When do you say the floating
point number is normalized? Represent the number (+52.25)10 as floating point binary
number with 32 bits. The normalized fraction mantissa has 24 bits and exponent has 8 bits.
a) Draw 4-bit adder–subtractor circuit and explain how does it work? Explain 4-bit
combinational circuit incrementer through diagram and explain how it can be extended to
an n-bit binary incrementer.
b) A digital computer has a common bus system for the registers of 32 bit each. The bus is
constructed with multiplexers.
i) How many selection inputs are there in each multiplexer?
ii) What size of multiplexors are needed?
iii) How many multiplexors are there in bus?
a) How is the program executed in the computer? Write all phases of each instruction
execution cycle, explaining what is done in each phase. Draw the flow chart presenting
initial configuration for the instruction cycle showing how the control determines the
instruction type after the decoding.
b) A computer uses a memory unit with 512K words of 32 bits each. A binary instruction code
is stored in one word of memory. The instruction has four parts:
- an indirect bit
- an operation code
- a register code part to specify one of 32 register and
- an address part
i) How many bits are there in op code, the register code part and address part?
ii) Draw instruction word format and indicate the number of bits in each part.
iii) How many bits are there in data and address input of the memory?
a) Why do computers use addressing mode techniques? What is immediate addressing
mode? Give the example of it.
Explain the following with examples:
i) Indexed Addressing Mode
ii) Relative Addressing Mode
iii) Base Register Addressing mode
b. Write an assembly language (8086) program to find the largest number from the list of ten
numbers defined as word at NUM. Put the result at LAR, which is defined as word.
9. Write short notes on the following:
i) Hardware algorithm to multiply two numbers, given in Sign-magnitude form
ii) Cache memory


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