Media access control micro-RISC stream processor and method for implementing the same

  • US 6,172,990 B1
  • Filed: 11/12/1997
  • Issued: 01/09/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/11/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method for processing packet data received from a physical layer, the processing being performed in-line while streaming packets to an upper layer, comprising:

  • (a) loading an instruction set for custom programming the processing of packet data received from the physical layer;

    (b) determining a type of packet data received from the physical layer;

    (c) identifying a first word location in the packet data based on the instruction set;

    (d) examining the packet data received from the physical layer at the first identified word location;

    (e) storing an element indicative of information contained in the first identified word location into a data structure; and

    (f) appending the data structure to the packet data before the packet is streamed to the upper layer.

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