2.1.3. PreFetch Unit

The PFU obtains instructions from the instruction cache, the TCMs, or from external memory and predicts the outcome of branches in the instruction stream. See Chapter 5 Prefetch Unit for more information.

Branch prediction

The branch predictor is a global type that uses history registers and a 256-entry pattern history table.

Return stack

The PFU includes a 4-entry return stack to accelerate returns from procedure calls.

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