Ex parte GARIBAY et al. - Page 9




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



          memory will cross the memory block boundary, the write buffer               
          will have two entries, the first entry having the address of                
          the memory location where the beginning of the data is to be                
          stored                                                                      
          and the second entry having the address of the continuing                   
          memory location.                                                            
                    Turning to the rejection based upon 35 U.S.C.  103,              
          we find that Shimp teaches a microprocessor system where the                
          data output by the processor can be of fewer bytes than the                 
          number of bytes of data that can be stored in one memory                    
          location.  See column 1, lines 34 to 39.  To avoid wasting                  
          memory by allocating                                                        


          a small number of bytes of data to a multi-byte memory                      
          location, the data is stored in contiguously packed multi-byte              
          units   which are not equal to memory word width.  See column               
          1, lines 39 to 45.  As a result, the data from the processor                
          may cross memory boundaries which requires two writes to store              
          the data in two memory locations.  See column 7, lines 55 to                
          59.                                                                         

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