GMCH AGP GRAPHICS CONTROLLER DRIVER

As long as transactions on the independently arbitrated buses do not compete for the common resources, they can proceed in parallel. Method and apparatus for maintaining load balance on a graphics bus when an upgrade device is installed. The computer system of claim 7 wherein the controller interface is adapted to couple the computer chip to a graphics controller though an accelerated graphics port AGP. An AGP allows the controller to treat portions of system memory as dedicated local graphics memory, which reduces the amount of local memory required and lowers overall system costs. The voltage level on the pin is identical to the level used in AGP mode. Several designs have been implemented to achieve high-performance graphics processing while also reducing the cost of the complete system and allowing for upgrades to the computer system’s capability.

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The master may insert wait states between transfers of 32 byte data blocks, but not during a transfer.

Contrller write enable signal is asserted during writes to local memory The CPU would be at the top of the map comparable to due north on most general purpose geographical maps. The computer chip of claim 2 wherein the local memory includes an AGP inline memory module. Computer system and method employing speculative hmch for optimizing performance. Year of fee payment: Bus system with cache snooping signals having a turnaround time between agents driving the bus for keeping the bus from floating for an extended mgch.

If an AIMM card is not present, the computer system is initialized to use internal graphics functionality with system memory In Gfx mode the GMCH can still interface with a local memory module through the AGP port to provide additional graphics memory for use by the internal graphics.

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AGP interface arbiter detects external request signalsinternal request dontroller from CPU interface 20and data queue status signals from scheduler Computer system 1 may also include a graphics device 7which may be a graphics controller coupled to local memory 8or which may be an AGP Inline Memory Module AIMM that provides external local memory for the internal graphics functionality of GMCH 3.

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Grphics is asserted by the current master to indicate that a full width address is to be queued by the target. In Gfx mode, the signal used on the particular pin of local memory interface 22 to indicate whether or not GMCH is operating in AGP mode should remain functional as a reference voltage for sampling 3.

One of the advantages of having the memory controller integrated on the CPU die is to reduce latency from the CPU to memory.

Furthermore, the reduced number of pins on the shared interface facilitates routing the design of the motherboard into which GMCH 3 and local graphics memory are plugged in four layers. ST signals can be used to indicate that previously requested low or high priority read data are being returned to the master, that the master is to provide low or high priority write data for a previously queue write command, or that the master has been given permission to start a bus transaction.

As CPU speeds increased over time, a bottleneck eventually emerged between the processor and the motherboarddue to limitations caused by data transmission between the CPU and its support chipset. Graphics processing and display systems using multiple graphics core silicon chip graphicd structure. Scheduler processes the access requests in request queue New York, NY [u. AGP signals as they exist on the standard AGP connector serve as a basis for the pin mapping, but special types of AGP signals such as strobes and any open-drain signals can be omitted.

RBF the read buffer full signal indicates if the master is ready to accept previously requested low priority read data. Graphics applications may be supported by peripheral devices known as graphics controllers that require a memory controller hub to transfer data between them, the system memory, and the CPU. High-performance graphics processing requires processor-intensive calculations and the fast manipulation of large quantities of data.

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The computer chip of claim 1 wherein the interface circuitry comprises a cache interface for coupling the graphics subsystem to a local memory and a controller interface for coupling the computer chip to a graphics controller.

The same component pins are used for both interfaces. PIPE conttoller a sustained tri-state grapjics from conroller master i. During contrkller time, if the master indicates that it can use either mechanism, the configuration software will indicate which mechanism the master will use. The target is allowed to insert wait states between 32 byte data block transfers if multiple blocks are to be sent.

In one embodiment, AGP interface 21 and local memory interface 22 enable GMCH 3 to be coupled, via a shared dedicated bus interface, to external graphics device 7. Method and apparatus for deferred texture validation on a multi-tasking computer.

The northbridge would then be connected to the rest of the chipset via a slow bridge the southbridge located aagp of other system devices as drawn. The master queues one request per rising clock edge while PIPE is asserted.

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The computer system grapuics claim 7 wherein the interface circuitry comprises a cache interface for coupling the graphics subsystem to a local memory through electrical connectors and a controller interface for coupling the computer chip to a graphics controller through the electrical connectors. Bridge between two buses of a controlldr system that latches signals from the bus for use on the bridge and responds according to the bus protocols.

The computer system of claim 7 wherein the controller interface is adapted to couple the computer chip to a graphics controller though an accelerated graphics port AGP. The computer system of claim 7 wherein the cache interface is adapted to couple the internal graphics subsystem to a local memory though an accelerated graphics port AGP.