Report Number: CSL-TR-82-232
Institution: Stanford University, Computer Systems Laboratory
Title: Studies in microprocessor design
Author: Alpert, Donald
Date: June 1982
Abstract: Microprocessor design practice is briefly surveyed. Examples are given for high-level and low-level tradeoffs in specific designs with emphasis on integrated memory functions. Some relations between architectural complexity and design are discussed, and a simple model is presented for implementing a RISC-like architecture. A direction for microprocessor architecture is proposed to allow flexibility for designing with varying processing technologies, cost goals, and performance goals.