[J-core] Instruction Request: Dedicated CPUID Function

Ken Phillis Jr kphillisjr at gmail.com
Sun Oct 22 00:20:01 EDT 2017

I figured I'd move the discussion of this Instruction out of the
Kickstarter topic. In general this is an extremely small ROM table
built into the processor that identifies the available features. This
instruction is an excellent way to store information about the system
without taking a lot of information. A few examples of this
instruction are as follows...

IBM System Z mainframe - This was introduced in 1983 with the IBM 4381
mainframe as a method to query processor ID.

ARM Processors - To my knowledge, these processors have the
information divided out into seven different registers, and maybe

MIPS Processors - This is a feature of MIPS32, and MIPS64.

PowerPC Processors - This is under the Instruction name PVR. On these
processors, this instruction is a static 32-bit value where the first
16 bits are the Version, and the second 16 bits is revision.

x86 Processors - This Instruction was first introduced over 20 years
ago, and the size of the table in use today is at most 2048 bits.
Although, realistically, most software and operating systems only
check about 512 bits of the table at most.

Now the reason for the CPUID Function is for relaying Highly Specific
Hardware information about the current Processor/SoC in use. As far as
space is concerned, this Instruction is extremely efficient since a
lot of information can be conveyed using only 32 bytes ( 256-bits).
For a comparison, the Smallest Device tree file for the Raspbery Pi is
14.7 KB, this is 15,086 bytes. This means that the Device Tree is more
than 400x bigger than a relatively large CPUID table.

Some of the Information the CPUID Function can relay:
* J-Core Version: Think J1, J2, J3, J4, etc.
* CPUID table size
* Vendor Identifier
* Ram Controller Type, and Availability
* Data Cache Size and availability
* Instruction Cache Size and availability
* Instruction Pre-fetch Availability
* Memory Management Unit Availability
* Symmetric Multiprocessing Availability
* Number of Processor Cores
* Floating Point Unit ( FPU ) availability and supported Floating
point types/sizes
* Fixed Point Math Unit Type/sizes
* DSP/Vector Math Functionality
* Availability of Instructions.

More information about the J-core mailing list