On Wed, 6 Dec 2000, Jason Harris wrote:
> >There's another possibility to improve speed for the first hardware release with
> >software byte swapping: Instead of the rol.w instructions, simple byte moves
> >will improve the block transfer speed by ~30%.
> Not sure I understand this. The 16 bit interface to the CS8900A is byte reversed in
> hardware (examine the schematic). This means that the commands sent to the device
> have to be byte reversed wrt the values in the data sheet, but when it comes to
> receiving and transmitting packet buffers we can do 16bit reads and writes without
> worrying about byte ordering. So- How do you get a 30% improvement in packet transfer
My idea is.
The CS8900 has been made for an ISA-bus (Intel)that has another byte order
than the 68000 and if you swap them you can access the registers as shown
in the data-sheets. It's the only reason I can find for that.
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