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The Unabridged Pentium 4 IA32 Processor Genealogy by Bob Colwell, Tom Shanley

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The IA32 Architecture Specification

There is no document that is officially referred to as the IA32 Architecture Specification. Rather, it consists of the three volume set consisting of:

  • IA-32 Intel® Architecture Software Developer's Manual Volume 1: Basic Architecture.

  • IA-32 Intel® Architecture Software Developer's Manual Volume 2: Instruction Set Reference.

  • IA-32 Intel® Architecture Software Developer's Manual Volume 3: System Programming Guide.

While the specification defines the register set, the instruction set and the software exceptions, it does not include the specific methodologies used to implement a specific processor. For example, the following design decisions are outside the scope of the specification:

  • Whether or a ...

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