Patents Represented by Attorney Rebecca Mapston Lake
  • Patent number: 6119222
    Abstract: A microprocessor (10) and corresponding system (300) is disclosed in which prefetch of instruction or data from higher level memory (11; 307; 305) may be performed in combination with a fetch from a lower level cache (16). A branch target buffer (56) has a plurality of entries (63) associated with branching instructions; in addition to the tag field (TAG) and target field (TARGET), each entry (63) includes prefetch fields (PF0 ADDR; PF1 ADDR) containing the addresses of memory prefetches that are to be performed in combination with the fetch of the branch target address. Graduation queue and tag check circuitry (27) is provided to update the contents of the prefetch fields (PF0 ADDR; PF1 ADDR) by interrogating instructions that are executed following the associated branching instruction to detect instructions that involve cache misses, in particular the target of the next later branching instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Jonathan H. Shiell, James O. Bondi