|Publication number||USRE41589 E1|
|Application number||US 10/290,367|
|Publication date||Aug 24, 2010|
|Filing date||Nov 8, 2002|
|Priority date||Sep 8, 1993|
|Also published as||US5873122, US6154807, US6292867|
|Publication number||10290367, 290367, US RE41589 E1, US RE41589E1, US-E1-RE41589, USRE41589 E1, USRE41589E1|
|Inventors||Osamu Nishii, Nobuyuki Hayashi, Noriharu Hiratsuka, Tetsuhiko Okada, Hiroshi Takeda|
|Original Assignee||Renesas Technology Corp.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (18), Non-Patent Citations (6), Classifications (8), Legal Events (4)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This is a continuation of application Ser. No. 08/815,600, filed Mar. 12, 1997 now U.S. Pat. No. 5,873,122; which is a continuation of Ser. No. 08/301,887, filed Sep. 7, 1994, now abandoned.
The present invention generally relates to a data processing system, and more particularly to a circuit for controlling memories in a microprocessor LSI (Large Scale Integration) and microprocessor peripheral circuits.
Dynamic memories are generally referred to as DRAM (Dynamic Random Access Memory). Specifications of typical dynamic memory LSI's are described in, for example, “Hitachi IC Memory Data Book 3 (DRAM, DRAM Modules)”, pp. 445-464. A dynamic memory described in this document has ten address input terminals indicated by A0-A9 which are shared to receive row and column addresses (see page 448). Also according to this literature, a read/write access requires a row address and a column address to be provided to the dynamic memory LSI in this order (see page 454), wherein read access time is 70 nanoseconds after the establishment of the externally provided address (1 nanosecond=1×10−9 second). Alternative to this read/write access, if a fast page mode (page 461) is used, after the first row and column addresses have been transferred, as long as second and subsequent accesses are made to the same row, transfer of the row address can be omitted, with the result that read access time required for the second and subsequent read accesses is reduced to 20 nanoseconds from the establishment of the external address.
An example of a DRAM control function designed for a conventional microprocessor (hereinafter simply called the “processor”) is described in “Hot Chips IV”, pp. 4.2.2-4.2.12, August. 1992, held in Stanford University. On page 4.2.3 of this document, a drawing is illustrated in which a processor LSI is directly connected to two banks of DRAM chips. Also, timing charts on pages 4.2.7 and 4.2.8 of this document respectively include descriptions “Check fast page cache-hit” and “Check fast page cache-miss”, from which it can be predicted that the fast page mode of the dynamic memory is used under certain hit conditions within the processor. This operation would be enabled, for example, by storing a row address with which a dynamic memory has been accessed at the previous time. The above-mentioned document, however, does not at all refer to how to use two-bank DRAM's or the relation between the cache-hit of the high speed mode and the two-bank DRAM's.
Assume now a conventional processor LSI which includes, among its terminals, dynamic memory address terminals which are used for both row and column addresses.
This exemplary access occurs, for example, when a block of data, i.e., the contents of a memory in a certain region is copied to another region of the memory. In
Operation 1: The contents at address A000 are read. A row address and column address are transferred to the dynamic memory. The row address given by the bit positions (11-20) of the physical address is “14”, then the column address given by the bit positions (21-29) is zero.
Operation 2: The contents of address A004 are read. Since the row address at this time is the same as that at the previous time, transfer of the row address to the dynamic memory is omitted. Thus, the column address only is transferred to the dynamic memory.
Operation 3: The contents of address A000 are written into address 7040. A row address and column address for this location are transferred to the dynamic memory.
Operation 4: The contents of address A004 are written into address 7044. Since the row address at this time is the same as that at the previous time, the transfer of the row address to the dynamic memory is omitted. Thus, the column address only is transferred to the dynamic memory.
Since the subsequent four accesses perform similar operations to the above, explanation thereon will be omitted.
As shown by the example of
It is an object of the present invention to solve the problem of the fast mode for omitting the transfer of a row address of a dynamic memory, which is prohibited depending on conditions.
It is another object of the present invention to provide a signal line interface for a processor LSI which allows the fast mode for omitting the transfer of a row address of a dynamic memory to be used in a processor which does not have address terminals for both row and column addresses, and which thereby simultaneously minimizes the amount of logic mounted external to the processor LSI.
It is another object of the present invention to provide a signal line interface for a processor LSI which allows information on a fast page operation mode corresponding to plural banks of synchronous dynamic memories to be set from the processor LSI, and which minimizes the amount of logic mounted external to the processor LSI.
According to one feature of the present invention, there is provided a data processing system comprising: a data processing unit; a memory; a plurality of address registers for holding recently accessed addresses; selector means for selecting one of the plurality of address registers by using particular bit information in a currently accessed address; comparator means for comparing, when the data processing unit issues a bus access to the outside, an access address for the bus access with the contents of the address register selected by the selector means in accordance with the particular bit information; and control means for performing an operation for omitting transfer of the access address to the memory when the result of a comparison made by the comparator means shows coincidence.
A concept of the above-mentioned feature will be explained below with reference to
The dynamic memory is divided into a plurality of banks such that one bank in the dynamic memory specified by the bank bit is accessed at one time.
When the processor LSI issues a bus access to the outside, a coincidence comparator 107 compares an output value 101 of the row address register 101 or 102 selected by the bank bit of an access address with a row address portion of the access address. If the result 113 of comparison is true, the processor LSI performs an operation for omitting transfer of the row address to the dynamic memory LSI.
In one access, one bank in a dynamic memory specified by the bank bit only is accessed. During a period for accesses to addresses A000, A004, a dynamic memory LSI corresponding to bank 0 is accessed. On the other hand, during a period for access to addresses 7040, 7044, a dynamic memory LSI corresponding to bank 1 is accessed, but the dynamic memory LSI corresponding to bank 0 is not accessed. Subsequently, when address A008 is to be read, the row address at this time is the same as the row address when the dynamic memory LSI corresponding to bank 0 was accessed at the previous time, so that transfer of the row address may be omitted. During this period, the dynamic memory LSI corresponding to bank 1 is not accessed. Subsequently, when data is written into address 7048, the row address is the same as that when the dynamic memory LSI corresponding to the bank 1 was accessed at the previous time, so that transfer of the row address may be omitted.
When the foregoing block copy processing further continues, the fast page mode may be used to omit the transfer of the row address as long as the same rows are continuously accessed in both source and destination.
Other objects, configurations and effects of the present invention will become apparent from the following description of preferred embodiments taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.
The processor 100, when accessing to an external dynamic memory, selects either a row address portion or a column address portion in the access requested address 110 by using the selector circuit 109 and outputs the selected address portion to an address terminal 114 having bits A(0:10) for dynamic memories. The control circuit 108 is applied with the output of a valid bit selected by the selector circuit 105 and with an output signal 113 of the coincidence comparator 107 indicative of the result of comparison between a row address in the access requested address 110 and a row address stored in one of the row address registers 101, 102 selected by the selector circuit 106. The control circuit 108 is also applied with a part of an address bus 110 corresponding to the bank bit. Then, the control circuit 108 outputs signal values of three external terminals BANK (115), RAS−n (117) (“−n” indicates a negative polarity signal), and CAS−n (118).
A 32-bit physical address, as illustrated in
A flow of processing executed by the processor 100 when generating an access request proceeds as follows.
First, an access request signal generated from a data processing unit (not described or shown since this is not so deeply related to the present invention) composed of a command processing unit and an operand processing unit, arranged inside the processor 100, is transferred to the control circuit 108 through a signal line 111. Simultaneously, an access requested address 110 is transferred through the address bus PA (0-31). The control circuit 108 selects one of the row address registers 101, 102 by the selector circuit 106 in accordance with a bank address (bit 20) in the access requested address. The control circuit 108 also selects one of the valid bits 103, 104 by the selector circuit 105 in accordance with the bank address. When the row address selected by the selector circuit 106 is equal to a row address portion of the access requested address to cause the associated valid bit to be set to “1”, this is referred to as “hit”.
If a hit occurs, the dynamic memory will be accessed with the same row address as that in the previous access, so that the access at the present time will be performed in an operation mode for omitting transfer of the row address to the dynamic memory.
If a miss occurs, the dynamic memory is first accessed in an operation mode for transferring both the row and column address portions of an access requested address of the dynamic memory. Next, the row address portion is registered in one of the row address registers 101, 102 selected by the bank address, and the valid bit 103 or 104 associated with the selected row address register is written to “1”. It should be noted that the valid bits 103, 104 are set to “0” in an initial state immediately after power-on in order to prevent an erroneous hit from occurring when the row addresses accidentally match with each other in the first access after power-on.
When the signal BANK (115) is at “0”, logic “1” is generated at the output of an invertor 407 and is transferred to a bank 0 memory control circuit 406. This is an indication of an access to the bank 0 memory. Conversely, when the signal BANK (115) is at “1”, logic “0” is transferred to the bank 0 memory control circuit 405. This is an indication of an access to a bank 1 memory.
In addition, each of the dynamic memory LSI's 401, 402 has the following terminals: I/O0-7 (409, 410) representing an 8-bit data input/output signal; WE−n (411, 412) representing a write command signal which remains at logic “0” during a write operation; CLK (413, 414) representing a clock input terminal; CKE (415, 416) representing a clock enable signal for controlling whether or not a clock is transferred to the inside; and DQM (408) representing an access mask signal which functions as an output enable signal in a read access for outputting the data input/output signal I/O0-7, and as a write enable signal in a write access for enabling the data input/output signal I/O0-7 to be written each time the clock is applied thereto.
The dynamic memory LSI's 401, 402 have several forms of operation mode information for their synchronous operation which are RAS delay (the number of clock cycles from RAS to a data access), CAS delay (the number of clock cycles from CAS to a data access), and burst length (a period in which the address is counted up from initial value to an end value and returned to the initial value). These mode information signals are written through the address bits A0-10 when all of RAS−n (116), CAS−n (116), and WE−n (411) are at potential “L”.
When the signal BANK (115) is at “0”, negative pulses appearing on RAS−n (117), CAS−n (116) (see 303, 304 in
A two-input selector 615 selects one of an access requested address 610 and an address stored in a register 617, and delivers the selected one to the address terminal A(0:31) (614). An output buffer 616 for the processor 600 is arranged at the output of the selector 615, and delivers an output with a logic value identical to that of an input.
When the two-input selector 615 selects the access requested address 610, the resulting operation is similar to that explained in connection with FIG. 1. This operation to be executed when the access requested address 610 is selected will be explained below.
When the processor 600 generates an access request, the following processing flow is executed. First, an access request signal from a processing unit including a command processing unit and an operand processing unit arranged within the processor 600 is transferred to a control circuit 608 through a signal line 611. Simultaneously, an access address is transferred through an address bus PA(0:31) (610). The control circuit 608 selects one of outputs from row address registers 601, 602 in accordance with a bank address in the access requested address. Also, a selector 605 selects one of valid bits 603, 604 in accordance with the bank address.
If a hit occurs, the control circuit 608 sets an output terminal SAR (609) to “1”. The terminal SAR delivers an output signal which indicates an access to the same row region. The definition of “hit” is the same as that made in connection with the explanation of FIG. 1.
If a miss occurs, the control circuit 608 sets SAR to “0”. Also, information is registered in the registers 601, 602 and valid bits 603, 604 as is done in the example of the processor 100.
A circuit external to the processor LSI 600 detects that SAR (609) is at “1” to know that a fast operation mode may be used for omitting transfer of a row address of an associated dynamic memory.
The processor LSI 600, unlike the processor LSI 100, does not have bank bits fixed at predetermined positions.
Next, explanation will be given of how the two-input selector 615 in
Explanation will first given of how an address signal 614 is transferred from the processor LSI 600. The address signal 614 is applied to the external circuit control LSI 801 and stored in an address register 802 provided therein. Signal lines 805, 806 from the address register 802 carry a row address and a column address to the main memory LSI's 402, respectively. Either of the row address 805 and the column address 806 is selected by a two-input selector 803 and sent to a system address bus 811. The address signal on the system address bus 811 is further transferred to an address terminal of the respective main memory LSI's 402.
Within an address registered in the address register 802, upper address bits 807 are decoded by an address decoder 814, and the decoded result is transferred to a chip select terminal 813 of the respective main memory LSI's 402.
A 32-bit system data bus 812 is used to communicate data between the processor LSI 600 and the main memory LSI's 402. It should be noted that since the memory LSI 402 has a data terminal of eight bit width, the system of this embodiment should include at least four memory LSI's 402 for communicating 32-bit data.
The external circuit control LSI 801 includes an access request managing logic 804 for managing conditions related to the access. From the processor LSI 600, an access request signal 808, an identical address indicating signal 609, and operation mode setting request signal 815 for dynamic memories are transferred to the access request managing logic 804.
When the signal 815 is at logic “0”, the access request managing logic 804 operates as follows. First, when an access request exists in the signal 808 and the identical address indicating signal is at logic “0”, RAS−n (809) is issued to the main memory LSI's 402, and simultaneously a row address 805 is delivered onto the system address bus 811. Subsequently, CAS−n (810) is issued to the main memory LSI's 402, and simultaneously a column address 805 is delivered onto the system address bus 811.
Second, when an access request exists in the signal 808 and the identical address indicating signal is at logic “1”, issue of the RAS−n (809) and row address 805 is omitted, unlike the first case.
When the processor 600 executes the aforementioned particular command (the command mentioned when the register 617 was explained), the operation mode setting request signal 815 changes to logic “1”. When the signal 815 is at logic “0”, the access request managing logic 804 sets all of RAS−n (809), CAS−n (810), and WE−n (816) to potential “L”. Simultaneously with this, the value stored in the operation mode register 617 is transferred to the main memory LSI's 402 through the system address bus 811. In this manner, the operation mode setting processing is carried out for the main memory LSI's 402. This processing is performed during an initial operation after the power is turned on, or when the system is reset. Since the processor LSI 600 provides the operation mode setting request signal 815, logics so far required for producing a signal used to generate an operation mode setting processing starting signal for the main memory LSI's 402, for example, an address decoding logic, are made unnecessary.
The system of the present invention is implemented in HITACHI HM 5241605 series, 131072-word×16-bit×2-bank Synchronous Dynamic RAM which is incorporated herein by reference.
It will be understood that the present invention is not limited to the above described specific embodiments, but may be modified in various manner within the scope of its technical ideas. For example, while the number of row address registers and the number of banks in a dynamic memory are set to two, these numbers may be increased to four, eight, and so forth. Also, the row address registers and coincidence comparator are not necessarily arranged in the processor LSI, and in alternative, processing similar to that of the above embodiments may be performed external to the processor LSI, for example, in the external circuit control LSI 801.
According to the embodiments of the present invention, row addresses of source and destination are held in row address registers for processing such as a block copy, so that a fast operation mode for dynamic memories can be used to omit transfer of the row address.
Also, since the row address hit information 690 is provided as an output signal of the processor LSI 600, the embodiments of the present invention allow processors, which do not have a shared address terminal for both row and column addresses of a dynamic memory, to use the fast operation mode for dynamic memories, whereby the amount of logics external to the processor LSI is minimized, and transfer of a row address to the dynamic memories is omitted.
Further, according to the embodiments of the present invention, since the processor LSI 600 provides the operation mode setting request signal 815, logics so far required for producing a signal used to generate an operation mode setting processing starting signal for the main memory LSI's 402, for example, an address decoding logic and so on, are made unnecessary.
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|U.S. Classification||711/5, 711/105|
|International Classification||G06F12/02, G06F12/00, G06F12/06|
|Cooperative Classification||G06F12/0215, G06F13/1631|
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