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Partitioning Microcode for a Microprocessor Based Mainframe by Placing Least Frequently used Vertical Microwords Off-Chip

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000049876D
Original Publication Date: 1982-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-09

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Agnew, PW Buonomo, JP Houghtalen, SR Kellerman, AS Losinger, RE Valashinas, JW [+details]

Abstract

Current microprocessors achieve excellent cost/performance by allowing a single chip to contain both the control store and the data flow that it controls. Their cost/performance is further improved if the control store is wide or "horizontal", rather than narrow or "vertical". A wide control store eliminates most decoding, so it reduces both complexity and propagation delay. However, a wide control store must contain more bits than a narrow one, to implement a given function.