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 Two fast micros from the 90's: Alpha, and StrongARM 
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I came across a couple of interesting papers with details on implementation and microarchitecture:

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A 400-MIPS/200-MFLOPS (peak) custom 64-b VLSI CPU chip is described. The chip is fabricated in a 0.75µ CMOS technology utilizing three levels of metalization and optimized for 3.3-V operation. The die size is 16.8mm x 13.9mm and contains 1.68M transistors. The chip includes separate 8-kilobyte instruction and data caches and a fully pipelined floating-point unit (FPU) that can handle both IEEE and VAX standard floating-point data types. It is designed to execute two instructions per cycle among scoreboarded integer, floatingpoint, address, and branch execution units. Power dissipation is 30 W at 200-MHz operation.

A 200-MHz 64-b Dual-Issue CMOS Microprocessor (1992, 13 pages)

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A 32-bit 162MHz/215MHz custom VLSI ARM(tm) microprocessor is described. The chip contains two 16Kbyte, 32-way set associative caches for instructions and data. The 2.1M transistor chip is fabricated in a 2.0V, 0.35µ, 3-layer metal CMOS process. It dissipates 0.5W at 162MHz/5v and 1.1 W at 215MHz/2.0v
StrongARM: A High-Performance ARM Processor (1996, 4 pages)


Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:40 pm
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Oh, and here's a user-friendly article on StrongARM:
https://en.wikichip.org/wiki/dec/microa ... /strongarm


Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:41 pm
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