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Time Share Display APA Hardware Assist Disclosure Number: IPCOM000060400D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-08

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Baker, DC Geise, D Hayes, GE [+details]


By using display control software in a high function workstation which includes an all-points-addressable (APA) hardware display assist, lower costs, higher system performance and time sharing with the normal high function display subsystem are provided. In a high function workstation, which includes an APA hardware display assist, the display control software provides a general APA assist capability. This capability allows various applications and user software to access the APA hardware display assist functions. The system block diagram for such a system is shown in Fig. 1. The following advantages are realized by this design: 1. The APA hardware assist is time shared with the normal high function display subsystem (which usually requires a graphics program). 2.