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Chapter: Microprocessor and Microcontroller - 8086 System Bus Structure

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Coprocessor configurations, Closely and Loosely Coupled Configuration

Coprocessor Configuration: WAIT instruction allows the processor to synchronize itself with external hardware, eg., waiting for 8087 math co-processor.

Coprocessor configurations

 

Coprocessor Configuration:

 

WAIT instruction allows the processor to synchronize itself with external hardware, eg., waiting for 8087 math co-processor.

 

When the CPU executes WAIT waiting state.

 

TEST input is asserted (low), the waiting state is completed and execution will resume. ESC instruction:

 

ESC opcode, operand, opcode: immediate value recognizable to a coprocessor as an instruction opcode

 

Operand: name of a register or a memory address (in any mode)

 

When the CPU executes the ESC instruction, the processor accesses the memory operand by placing the address on the address bus.

 

If a coprocessor is configured to share the system bus, it will recognize the ESC instruction and therefore will get the opcode and the operand





  

ü Coprocessor cannot take control of the bus, it does everything through the CPU

 

ü Closely Coupled processor may take control of the bus independently - 8089 shares CPU’s clock and bus control logic.

ü communication with host CPU is by way of shared memory

ü host sets up a message (command) in memory

ü independent processor interrupts host on completion

ü Two 8086’s cannot be closely coupled

 

Closely Coupled Configuration

 






 

Loosely Coupled Configurations:

A loosely coupled configuration provides the following advantages:

 

1. High system throughput can be achieved by having more than one CPU.

 

2.  The system can be expanded in a modular form. Each bus master module is an independent unit and normally resides on a separate PC board. Therefore, a bus master module can be added or removed without affecting the other modules in the system.

3.  A failure in one module normally does not cause a breakdown of the entire system and the faulty module can be easily detected and replaced.

 

4. Each bus master may have a local bus to access dedicated memory or I/O devices so that a greater degree of parallel processing can be achieved. More than one bus master module may have access to the shared system bus

 

Extra bus control logic must be provided to resolve the bus arbitration problem. The extra logic is called bus access logic and it is its responsibility to make sure that only one bus master at a time has control of the bus.

Simultaneous bus requests are resolved on a priority basis: There are three schemes for establishing priority:

 

1. Daisy chaining.

2. Polling.

3. Independent requesting

 

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