AGP System Architecture by MindShare Inc.
(PC System Architecture Series)

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The Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP) interface is a new platform bus specification that enables high performance graphics capabilities-especially 3-D and video-over networks and on individual PCs. Platform independent, AGP is supported by numerous hardware and software vendors, and is now standard on Pentium II computers. Software and hardware engineers working with graphics must have a good understanding of this important technology.

AGP System Architecture provides an overview of the technology, a detailed description of the specification, and a practical tutorial for mastering AGP. Comprehensive and concise, it presents all the information you need to understand and utilize this proliferating technology. In particular, this book focuses on 3-D graphics and video-related issues-the applications most served by AGP.

You will find coverage of the following essential topics.

AGP advantages over PCI graphics for rendering 3-D images

AGP signaling requirements, including electrical AC and DC specifications and AGP driver and receiver characteristics

Signals for AGP-compliant masters and targets

AGP arbitration, with a look at optimization of grant pipelining

AGP transaction requests and ordering rules

AGP and Fast Write transactions in the 1X, 2X, and 4X data transfer modes

AGP hardware environment, including add-in cards, connectors, and the motherboard

AGP-specific configuration registers

This indispensable resource will enable you to utilize AGP tools, design a high quality AGP device and support AGP in software applications.

The PC System Architecture Series is a crisply written and comprehensive set of guides to the most important PC hardwarestandards. Each title is designed to illustrate the relationship between the software and hardware, and thoroughly explains the architecture, features, and operation of systems built using one particular type of chip or hardware specification.


About MindShare Inc.

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MindShare, Inc. is one of the leading technical training companies in the hardware industry, providing innovative courses for dozens of companies, including Intel, IBM, and Compaq.David Dzatko has over ten years of experience designing and testing computer systems. He is currently an instructor with MindShare, Inc., teaching computer architecture to leading companies in the computer industry.Tom Shanley, president of MindShare, Inc., is one of the world's foremost authorities on computer system architecture. In the course of his career, he has trained thousands of engineers in hardware and software design.0201700697AB07142003
Published December 16, 1998 by Addison Wesley. 272 pages
Genres: Computers & Technology. Non-fiction