THE FUNDAMENTAL OBJECTIVE of silicon design must be to achieve the maximum capability per unit area of silicon. The microprocessor* to be covered is of a structured hierarchical design, carried out with the aid of an advanced CAD system, to achieve this objective. It is one of a continuing series of designs in which the instruction architecture has been optimized for both program and silicon efficiency.The CAD system includes a Hierarchical Design Language (HDL), which enabled the processor to be fully specif…
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