Application Specific Extension
The MCU ASE (Application Specific Extension) has been developed to extend the interrupt controller support, reduce the interrupt latency and enhance the I/O peripheral control function typically required in microcontroller system designs. It is implemented on the MIPS32® M14K™ family of processor cores.
The MCU ASE supports both MIPS32 and microMIPSTM Instruction Set Architectures (ISAs).
- Separate priority and vector generation
- Supports up to 256 interrupts in EIC (External Interrupt Controller) mode and 8 hardware interrupt pins
- Provides 16-bit vector offset address
I/O Peripheral Control
Includes atomic bit set/clear instructions which enables bits within an I/O register that are normally used to monitor or control external peripheral functions to be modified without interruption, ensuring the action is performed securely.
Reduced Interrupt Latency
- Pre-fetching of the interrupt exception vector
- Automated Interrupt Prologue – adds hardware to save and update system status before the interrupt handling routine
- Automated Interrupt Epilogue – restores the system state previously stored in the stack for returning from the interrupt.
- Interrupt Chaining – supports the service of pending interrupts without the need to exit the initial interrupt routine, saving the cycles required to store and restore multiple active interrupts
- Supports speculative pre-fetching of the interrupt vector address. Reduces the number of interrupt service cycles by overlapping memory accesses with pipeline flushes and exception prioritization