Santa Clara, CA, United States
Santa Clara, CA, United States

Alliance Semiconductor Corporation designs and manufactures memory and memory-intensive logic. Alliance's product lines include Static Random Access Memory , Pseudo SRAM , Dynamic Random Access Memory , Flash Memory, and embedded memory and logic solutions. For a little while they also sold some video chipsets for PCs. Founded in 1985, Alliance is headquartered in Santa Clara, California, with design centers in Santa Clara, as well as Hyderabad and Bangalore, India. Wikipedia.


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Alliance Semiconductor | Date: 2016-07-18

An apparatus includes a fuse array and a stores. The fuse array is programmed with compressed configuration data for a plurality of cores. The stores is coupled to the plurality of cores, and includes a plurality of sub-stores that each correspond to each of the plurality of cores, where one of the plurality of cores accesses the semiconductor fuse array upon power-up/reset to read and decompress the compressed configuration data, and to store a plurality of decompressed configuration data sets for one or more cache memories within the each of the plurality of cores in the plurality of sub-stores. Each of the plurality of cores has sleep logic. The sleep logic is configured to subsequently access a corresponding one of the each of the plurality of sub-stores to retrieve and employ the decompressed configuration data sets to initialize the one or more caches following a power gating event.


Patent
Alliance Semiconductor | Date: 2016-04-14

Provided is a Central Processing Unit (CPU) and a method to verify mainboard data. The CPU comprises: an on-die Read-Only Memory (ROM) for storing trusted root digest information, wherein the trusted root digest information is not allowed to be modified; and a core for, during a power-up process, computing digest information of a trusted root data stored in a mainboard using a digest algorithm, comparing the digest information with the trusted root digest information, and performing a signature verification algorithm with the trusted root data to verify the integrity of mainboard data if the digest information coincides with the trusted root digest information.


An apparatus including first and second reservation stations. The first reservation station dispatches a load micro instruction, and indicates on a hold bus if the load micro instruction is a specified load micro instruction directed to retrieve an operand from a prescribed resource other than on-core cache memory. The second reservation station is coupled to the hold bus, and dispatches one or more younger micro instructions therein that depend on the load micro instruction for execution after a number of clock cycles following dispatch of the first load micro instruction, and if it is indicated on the hold bus that the load micro instruction is the specified load micro instruction, the second reservation station is configured to stall dispatch of the one or more younger micro instructions until the load micro instruction has retrieved the operand. The plurality of prescribed resources includes system memory, coupled to the out-of-order processor via a memory bus, where the specified load micro instruction is known to resolve to write combining memory space in the system memory.


Patent
Alliance Semiconductor | Date: 2016-03-30

A loop predictor trains a branch instruction to determine a trained loop count of a loop. When the loop fits in an instruction buffer, the processor stops fetching from an instruction cache, sends the loop instructions to an execution engine from the buffer without fetching from the cache, maintains a loop pop count of times the branch is sent to the execution engine from the buffer, and predicts the branch instruction is taken when the loop pop count is less than the trained loop count and otherwise predicts not taken.


Patent
Alliance Semiconductor | Date: 2016-06-15

An apparatus including first and second reservation stations. The first reservation station dispatches a load micro instruction, and indicates on a hold bus if the load micro instruction is a specified load micro instruction directed to retrieve an operand from a prescribed resource other than on-core cache memory. The second reservation station is coupled to the hold bus, and dispatches one or more younger micro instructions therein that depend on the load micro instruction for execution after a number of clock cycles following dispatch of the first load micro instruction, and if it is indicated on the hold bus that the load micro instruction is the specified load micro instruction, the second reservation station is configured to stall dispatch of the one or more younger micro instructions until the load micro instruction has retrieved the operand. The plurality of non-core resources includes a fuse array, configured to store the plurality of specified load instructions corresponding to the out-of-order processor which, upon initialization, accesses the fuse array to determine the plurality of specified load instructions.


An apparatus including first and second reservation stations. The first reservation station dispatches a load micro instruction, and indicates on a hold bus if the load micro instruction is a specified load micro instruction directed to retrieve an operand from a prescribed resource other than on-core cache memory, where the specified load instruction requires more than a first number of clock cycles to retrieve the operand. The second reservation station is coupled to the hold bus, and dispatches one or more younger micro instructions therein that depend on the load micro instruction for execution after a number of clock cycles following dispatch of the first load micro instruction, and if it is indicated on the hold bus that the load micro instruction is the specified load micro instruction, the second reservation station is configured to stall dispatch of the one or more younger micro instructions until the load micro instruction has retrieved the operand.


An apparatus including first and second reservation stations. The first reservation station dispatches a load micro instruction, and indicates on a hold bus if the load micro instruction is a specified load micro instruction directed to retrieve an operand from a prescribed resource other than on-core cache memory. The second reservation station is coupled to the hold bus, and dispatches one or more younger micro instructions therein that depend on the load micro instruction for execution after a number of clock cycles following dispatch of the first load micro instruction, and if it is indicated on the hold bus that the load micro instruction is the specified load micro instruction, the second reservation station is configured to stall dispatch of the one or more younger micro instructions until the load micro instruction has retrieved the operand. The resources include a fuse array that stores configuration data.


A hardware data compressor that compresses an input block of characters by replacing strings of characters in the input block with back pointers to matching strings earlier in the input block. A hash table is used in searching for the matching strings in the input block. A plurality of hash index generators each employs a different hashing algorithm on an initial portion of the strings of characters to be replaced to generate a respective index. The hardware data compressor also includes an indication of a type of the input block of characters. A selector selects the index generated by of one of the plurality hash index generators to index into the hash table based on the type of the input block.


An advanced video coding and decoding chip and a method with a hardware design that calculates direct current coefficients in discrete-cosine-transformed residual blocks corresponding to sixteen sub-blocks within a macroblock and alternating current coefficients in the discrete-cosine-transformed residual blocks corresponding to the sixteen sub-blocks within the macroblock separately and in parallel.


A hardware data compressor that compresses an input block of characters by replacing strings of characters in the input block with back pointers to matching strings earlier in the input block. A hash table is used in searching for the matching strings in the input block. A plurality of hash index generators each employs a different hashing algorithm on an initial portion of the strings of characters to be replaced to generate a respective index. The hardware data compressor also includes an indication of a type of the input block of characters. A selector selects the index generated by of one of the plurality hash index generators to index into the hash table based on the type of the input block.

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