Interlocked functional pipelines for transmitting multiple protocol internet traffic.
Original Publication Date: 2003-Aug-06
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Aug-06
This function allows for two pipelines to work together in order to make sure that the pipeline as a whole is always as full as possible. This is particularly useful in the case of Ethernet because it is required that something be sent out on the line at all times. This is the details of the two pipelines and the interlocks between the two. The top pipeline is the startup case, where the Ethernet and/or ATM packets get started. And the bottom pipeline, keeps the packet when they are larger than one 64 byte Ethernet packet or one 48 byte ATM cell.