new find: an Intel MDS 800

From: Steve Thatcher <>
Date: Sat Oct 30 10:53:39 2004

I better be more specific about this before I get corrected for generalizing...

you created a block of memory called an IOPB and told the controller where it was. The controller would go out to memory and get the command, etc. The cpu could either "poll" the controller for status or set up and respond to an interrupt that signified completion of the command.

The floppy interface for the bit slice was pretty well abstracted in that the cpu wrote commands to I/O ports and the data off disk was dma'd to and from memory. You told it what to do, where to put it, and how much to data. The cpu didn't have to do anything else except wait for completion of the operation.
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