Ex parte GARIBAY et al. - Page 2

                     Appeal No. 1997-0300                                                                                                                                              
                     Application 08/138,790                                                                                                                                            

                                                                        DECISION ON APPEAL                                                                                             
                                           This is a decision on appeal from the final                                                                                                 
                     rejection of claims 11 through 24.  Claims 1 through 10 have                                                                                                      
                     been canceled.                                                                                                                                                    
                                           The invention, as described by Appellants on page 6                                                                                         
                     of the specification,  relates to a microprocessor which has a1                                                                                                                    
                     write buffer located between the core of a microprocessor and                                                                                                     
                     a memory.  Appellants identify on pages 11 and 59 of the                                                                                                          
                     specification, that the memory receives data over a 64 bit                                                                                                        
                     data bus (eight bytes).  On page 19 of the specification,                                                                                                         
                     Appellants identify that the function of the write buffer is                                                                                                      
                     to receive data from the core.  This data is to be written to                                                                                                     
                     memory.  Appellants identify on page 21 of the specification                                                                                                      
                     that the buffer entries contain the data and the physical                                                                                                         
                     memory address where the data is to be stored.  The buffered                                                                                                      
                     information is then later written to memory when the memory is                                                                                                    
                     not busy with higher priority operations.  Thus, the core more                                                                                                    
                     rapidly performs memory write functions.    On pages 59                                                                                                           

                                1The page numbers referenced throughout this opinion                                                                                                   
                     correspond to those of the originally filed specification, and                                                                                                    
                     not the substitute specification filed on March 22, 1995.                                                                                                         

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