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Central Interrupt System for Dual-or Multi-Core Dies such as S-Gold or M-Gold Disclosure Number: IPCOM000017954D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jul-23
Document File: 2 page(s) / 155K

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Gerhard Forster: AUTHOR


The technical problem refers to a central interrupt handling for all cores and co-processors (for S-Gold e.g. PCP2). Until now, for every core and every co- processor one interrupt unit was used. The new solu- tion consists of using one flexible interrupt unit in- stead of one interrupt unit for every single core / co- processor.

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The technical  problem  refers  to  a  central  interrupthandling for all cores and co-processors (for S-Golde.g. PCP2). Until now, for every core and every co-processor one interrupt unit was used. The new solu-tion consists of using one flexible interrupt unit in-stead of one interrupt unit for every single core / co-processor.

The following description informs the reader aboutthe functional and principal of the idea (as outlined inthe figure below):

1)     One of the available Interrupt sources is fired.Any other and all further Interrupts go throughthe same process chain (steps 2 to 4). A periph-eral can have a set of Interrupt lines / sources, ofcourse.

•   Each Interrupt source relates to a certain prioritylevel. Each Interrupt source has a unique ‘Inter-rupt code’.

2)     A  raised  Interrupt  delivers  its specific prioritylevel over a multi-wire bus to a so-called ‘Prior-ity Decoder’; this  ‘Priority  Decoder’  translatesthe Interrupt source’s priority level into an ad-dress. After the destination address is calculated,a raised Strobe line can indicate that the ‘Inter-rupt code’ can be sent now from the peripheral’sInterrupt source.

•   if we assume e.g. a total of 64 Interrupt sources,6 bit are enough to assign each Interrupt sourcean own ‘Interrupt code’.

3)     The e.g. 6-bit ‘Interrupt code’ is now written intothe so-called Interrupt Buffer (for example over ahigh-speed 2-wire serial interface) at the previ-ously  calculated  destination  address. Addition-ally after writing this date to the Interrupt Buffer,the appropriate Valid Flag is set. Since the ‘In-terrupt code’ represents a unique identifier of anInterrupt source, after Interrupt handling is en-abled (for the first time or any further time) the‘Interrupt code’ can be interpreted by the on-chipHardware Interrupt  Control  instance,  the  so-called Interrupt Executor

•   the width of the Interrupt Buffer depends on thenumber of available Interrupts, e.g. 64 Interruptsources require a  6-bit  code,  128  Interruptsources a 7-bit code, ... .

•   the depth of the Interrupt Buffer is also related tothe max. number of Interrupt sources; it must atleast  be  as  deep  as  the max. Interrupt source

count.  For  64  Interrupt  sources the InterruptBuffer must provide at least 64 storage locations,for 128 Interrupt sources at least 128 memory lo-cations must be provided, ... .

•   Let’s assume  that  we  expect  in  average  3  in-coming Interrupts per Interrupt line / source. Ifnone of these should be lost until Interrupt han-dling is (re-)activated, the Interrupt Buffer musthave a depth of  3 x (max. number of Interruptsources) buffer locations.

•   Alternatively  the Interru...