New Functional Block Applied to Computer Organization
Original Publication Date: 1983-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
VLSI has provided designers with many functional chips which can be fashioned into many configurations. However, such functional chips tend to be either microprocessors of various kinds or very specialized functions, such as floating point multipliers, etc. More specifically, the trend is to build on-chip processors and to include memory (random-access and/or read-only) whenever necessary and if possible. The focus tends to be on traditional processing but done on-chip. This eventually leads to problems with interfacing to a large memory. Since memory is ultimately the key element in system organization and performance, a design is described herein which first starts with a memory chip and then logical functions are added to achieve a versatile processor building block.