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Developing the AMD-K5 Architecture
April 1996 (vol. 16 no. 2)
pp. 16-26
The K5TM microprocessor project at AMD created the basis for Advanced Micro Devices' first independently designed implementations of the x86 architecture. The first-time nature of this project, coupled with the complexity of the x86 architecture, presented many unique challenges and constraints to the designers. Nevertheless, the end result is the only x86-compatible microprocessor architecture that can speculatively decode and execute up to four x86 instructions at a time, with out-of-order instruction execution. An equally significant result of the project is a very robust x86 development and verification methodology.
Index Terms:
microprocessor, X86 architecture, superscalar, speculative execution, out-of-order execution
Citation:
Dave Christie, "Developing the AMD-K5 Architecture," IEEE Micro, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 16-26, April 1996, doi:10.1109/40.491459
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