Micro Channel Architecture
aka "Microchannel" or MCA

MCA Slot Types (16/32-bit, BVE, AVE, MME extensions)
MCA Slot Pinouts
Processor Complex Pinout
MCA Data Transfers (10, 20, 40, 80, 160 MB/s modes)
MCA Data Transfer Procedures
   Basic Transfer
   Streaming Transfer
   DMA Transfer
MCA Interrupt Procedures
MCA Features (Streaming, Address and Data Parity, Synchronous Exception Signaling)
Auxiliary Video Extension (AVE)
MCA Benefits Adapter mounting and grounding

Micro Channel Bus Tutorial (by Eric Schlaepfer)

Why MCA?
Bus Evolution
System Bus or System Bottleneck? Whatever happened to EISA and the Micro Channel?
How PC/XT/AT Cards Can Prohibit Interrupt Sharing
The Micro Channel versus the AT Bus
Comparing IBM's Micro Channel and Apple's NuBus
PC Bus Performance NuBus vs Micro Channel [!]
PCI/Micro Channel White Paper (PCI/MCA comparison by IBM)
MCA: The Sacrificial Lion
PS/2 Model 50 - Under The Cover (BYTE article focused on MCA)
The 32-bit Micro Channel (BYTE, Oct 1987)

Subsystem Control Block (SCB) An Architecture for Micro Channel Bus Masters

System Setup (POS for Adapters and System Board)
Planar POS Registers (Server 95)
Programmable Option Select Operation
About ADF Files

Checking for Micro Channel Bus
Retrieving IDs of Installed Adapters
Finding an Adapter's Slot Number
Retrieving the Planar ID
List of Known Planar IDs

mca_32.c / mca.h MCA Support in Linux Kernel (C source files)

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