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what is MCA?

Post by sushildwivedi on Thu Jan 16, 2014 1:04 am

Micro Channel architecture consists of an address bus, a data bus, an arbitration bus, a set of interrupt signals, and support signals. It uses synchronous and asynchronous procedures for data transfer between memory, I/O devices, and a controlling master. The controlling master can be a DMA controller, the system master (system processor), or a bus master. The features of the Micro Channel architecture are: •I/O data transfers of 8-, 16-, 24-, or 32-bits within a 64KB address space (16-bit address width). •Memory data transfers of 8-, 16-, 24-, or 32-bits within a 16MB (24-bit address width) or 4GB (32-bit address width) address space. •A basic transfer procedure that allows data transfers between masters and slaves. •Interrupt sharing on all levels. •A flexible system-configuration procedure that uses programmable registers. •Support for audio signal transfer (audio voltage-sum node). •Support for both synchronous and asynchronous data transfer. •An exception condition reporting procedure. •Improved electromagnetic characteristics

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