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Personal Computer Interrupt Handler Implementation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000059793D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-08

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Detschel, WF [+details]

Abstract

In an Intel 8088 processor-based system, such as the IBM Personal Computer, adding new hardware to the system may necessitate providing an interrupt handler to service hardware interrupts associated with the device, or a user may wish to handle existing device interrupts in a different way. The present invention is a method that addresses both of these concerns. The invention is an assembler language program that allows coding of a personalized system interrupt handler in Pascal or a similar high level language. In prior-art systems such interrupt handler programs are written entirely in assembler code. The use of the present invention allows the routines to be programmed in a high level language and therefore to be readable, easily understood, more maintainable, and easier to modify.