7.2.2. Level versus pulse interrupts

The processor supports both level and pulse interrupts. A level interrupt is held asserted until it is cleared by the ISR accessing the device. A pulse interrupt is a variant of an edge model. You must ensure that the pulse is sampled on the rising edge of the processor clock, FCLK, instead of being asynchronous.

For level interrupts, if the signal is not deasserted before the return from the interrupt routine, the interrupt again enters the pending state and re-activates. This is particularly useful for FIFO and buffer-based devices because it ensures that they drain either by a single ISR or by repeated invocations, with no extra work. This means that the device holds the signal in assert until the device is empty.

A pulse interrupt can be reasserted during the ISR so that the interrupt can be in the pending state and active at the same time. If another pulse arrives while the interrupt is still pending, the interrupt remains pending and the ISR runs only once.

Pulse interrupts are mostly used for external signals and for rate or repeat signals.

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