Patent Number: 6,167,491

Title: High performance digital electronic system architecture and memory circuit therefor

Abstract: A digital electronic system architecture having one or more system components and a memory coupled to selected system components, the memory selectively storing and communicating data among the coupled components. The digital electronic system preferably also has a transaction control bus, coupled to each of the selected system components and to the memory, for communicating command and control signals among the components and memory. A memory circuit is provided that has a plurality of ports, each of the ports (i) having an input terminal and an output terminal that transfer data independently of one another, (ii) operating independently of one another and (iii) being coupled respectively to one of the other system components for data communication therewith. A read interface for a memory array is provided that has a queue for receiving data read from a row of the array and a selection circuit for placing in the queue a contiguous block of the read data, the size of the block and its placement being selectable. The read interface preferably comprises a plurality of queues, and the selection circuit preferably is adapted to place independently selectable blocks of the read data in independently selectable positions in selected queues. A write interface for a memory array is also provided that has a queue for receiving data to be written to the array and a selection circuit for placing in the array a contiguous block of received data, the size of the block and its placement being selectable. The write interface preferably comprises a plurality of queues, and the selection circuit preferably is adapted to place independently selectable data received from selected queues in independently selectable positions in the memory array.

Inventors: McAlpine; Gary L. (Beaverton, OR)

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International Classification: G06F 13/16 (20060101); G11C 7/10 (20060101); G06F 012/02 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2017