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system resource
Last modified: Wednesday, September 03, 2003 

A tool used by either hardware to alert software of a need or by software to control a function of hardware. Hardware and software need a way to communicate with each other, and they do so by using a combination of four system resources:
  • IRQ – Hardware devices use the IRQ bus on a motherboard to signal the CPU for attention.
  • port addresses – Software addresses a hardware device using the device’s port, or I/O, address. The device “listens” to the bus to determine if it is being requested.
  • memory addresses – Software communicates with physical memory located in either RAM or ROM chips using memory addresses.
  • DMA channel – Data travels back and forth between memory and a hardware device using this channel.

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