cycle stealing

Definitions

General Science

Computing

  • noun a memory access operation by a peripheral that halts a CPU for one or more clock cycles while data is being transferred from memory to the device

Electronics

  • A technique in which a peripheral control unit, such as a direct memory access device, uses the local bus for transfers during cycles that the CPU is not using it.
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