Concepts of System Buses

Concepts of System Buses

Control Bus

Control bus is used to transmit different commands or control signals from one component to another component. Suppose CPU wants to read data from main memory. It will use control is also used to transmit control signals like ASKS (Acknowledgement signals). A control signal contains the following:

1 Timing information: It specifies the time for which a device can use data and address bus.
2 Command Signal: It specifies the type of operation to be performed.
Suppose that CPU gives a command to the main memory to write data. The memory sends acknowledgement signal to CPU after writing the data successfully. CPU receives the signal and then moves to perform some other action.

Address Bus.

most of the components are connected to one another through buses. Each component is assigned a unique ID. This ID is called the address of that component. It a component wants to communicate with another component, it uses address bus to specify the address of that component. The address bus is a unidirectional bus. It can carry information only in one direction. It carries address of memory location from microprocessor to the main memory.

 Data Bus:

It is the most common type of bus. It is used to transfer data between different components of computer. The number of lines in data bus affects the speed of data transfer between different components. The data bus consists of 8, 16, 32, or 64 lines. A 64-line data bus can transfer 64 bits of data at one time.

The data bus lines are bi-directional. It means that:
CPU can read data from memory using these lines
CPU can write data to memory locations using these lines



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