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On the Minimization of the Control Store in Microprogrammed Computers

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2 Author(s)
Halatsis, C. ; Digital Systems Laboratory, Computer Center, Nuclear Research Center ; Gaitanis, N.

A new approach is presented for the minimization of the word length of the control store in microprogrammed computers. Given the set of microinstructions and the set of microcommands of a microprogrammed computer a minimal subset of microcommands are determined so that every other microcommand not contained in this minimal subset to be generated from it by a single AND or OR gate. The problem of finding such minimal subsets of microcommands is formulated as a Boolean function simplification problem and is based upon an extension of the notion of the minimal dependence sets of a Boolean function.

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Computers, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:C-27 ,  Issue: 12 )

Date of Publication:

Dec. 1978

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