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We all know that the “R” in RISC means “reduced.” Lately, as the number of components that can be manufactured on a chip has increased, CPU designers have been looking at ways to make their processors faster by adding features. We have already talked about many of the features such as on-chip multipliers, very fast floating-point, lots of registers, and on-chip caches. Even with all of these features, there seems to be space left over. Also, because much of the design of the control section of the processor is automated, it might not be so bad to add just a “few” new instructions here and there. Especially if simulations indicate a 10% overall increase in speed!

So, what does it mean when they add 15 instructions to a RISC instruction set architecture (ISA)? Would we call it “not-so-RISC”? A suggested term for this trend is FISC, or fast instruction set computer . The point is that reducing the number of instructions is not the goal. The goal is to build the fastest possible processor within the manufacturing and cost constraints. People will argue forever but, in a sense, reducing the instruction set was never an end in itself, it was a means to an end.

Some of the types of instructions that are being added into architectures include:

  • More addressing modes
  • Meta-instructions such as “decrement counter and branch if non-zero”
  • Specialized graphics instructions such as the Sun VIS set, the HP graphics instructions, the MIPS Digital Media Extentions (MDMX), and the Intel MMX instructions

Interestingly, the reason that the first two are feasible is that adder units take up so little space, it is possible to put one adder into the decode unit and another into the load/store unit. Most visualization instruction sets take up very little chip area. They often provide “ganged” 8-bit computations to allow a 64-bit register to be used to perform eight 8-bit operations in a single instruction.

Questions & Answers

what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
How can I make nanorobot?
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
how can I make nanorobot?
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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