T11 design WAS - Re: Inside old games machines, was: Re:, Simulated CP/M-68K?
pete at dunnington.plus.com
Sat Jun 23 05:46:49 CDT 2007
On 23/06/2007 02:43, Johnny Billquist wrote:
> Allison <ajp166 at bellatlantic.net> skrev:
> > It's part of the memory to memory design and the way intructions work.
> > It's annying as micros go but ALL PDP-11s word that way and the T-11
> > is a PDP-11 in LSI.
> No, it isn't. Where did you get that? (And I've just triple checked my
> memory by actually reading through parts of the 11/40 and 11/70 manuals.)
Even the normal QBus CPUs don't work that way. Yes, there are DATIO
cycles which do read-modify-write, but most instructions use DATI or
> So in short: writes on PDP-11 systems in general don't imply a read.
> That's a T-11 thing if it does, and is probably related to simplifying
> the design (internal) more than anything else. I don't think they did it
> with core memories in mind. All Unibus core memories have their own
> write-back. That isn't something the CPU bothers with.
> For the Q-bus, I don't even know if any core memories exist.
Yes, there is a core memory (MMV11), but it is perfectly happy with
normal DATI and DATO cycles.
Pete Peter Turnbull
University of York
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