Using a Software System for MICROCODE Development
Original Publication Date: 1988-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-15
This article explains how microcode development can use a software system. The disclosure is based on a process which is a collection of interactive and batch microcode processes and utilities (translators, compilers, linkage editors, etc.) integrated for the microcode developer through full-screen panels invoked by a system productivity facility. This process provides microcode development, update, library control, simulation testing, release to manufacturing and problem reporting functions. See Figs. 1 and 2. (Image Omitted) This process is based on a well-known software system library manager to allow maintenance and control of multiple levels of microcode. The verbs for each translator/compiler/assembler and linkage editor that are not supported by the released version of the library manager are identified.