Time-Division Switch Cell Using Associative Memories
Original Publication Date: 1983-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
This article describes a Time-Division Switch cell which attaches an inbound serial link and an outbound serial link to an 8-wire unidirectional highway bus, and which is based on the use of associative memories. The serial links and the highway bus operate in time-division multiplex mode; the serial links carry N time slots per frame, while the highway bus carries M time slots, with MON. The cell basically comprises a serializer (SER), a deserializer (DES), and inbound and outbound buffers. Each contains N locations and is associated with an associative memory or content addressable memory (CAM).