06263422 is referenced by 40 patents and cites 234 patents.

A plurality of processing stages interposed between an input and an output of a system including a pipeline machine interconnect for conveyance of tokens along the pipeline. Control and or data tokens in the form of universal adaptation units interface with all of the stages in the pipeline and alternatively interact with selected stages in the pipeline so that the processing stages in the pipeline are afforded enhanced flexibility in configuration and processing. In one embodiment of the system, the stages accept a data stream having portions encoded according to respectively different video formats. At least one of the stages includes circuitry for generating signals to indicate an end-of-picture data decoding. The stage includes state machine logic that is responsive to the generated signals for effecting an end of picture data decoding by clearing the pipeline. A method of clearing the pipeline includes receiving a data stream, indicating an end of picture data decoding, and clearing the pipeline when an end of picture data decoding has been indicated.

Title
Pipeline processing machine with interactive stages operable in response to tokens and system and methods relating thereto
Application Number
8/484730
Publication Number
6263422 (B1)
Application Date
June 7, 1995
Publication Date
July 17, 2001
Inventor
William P Robbins
Cam
US
Martin W Sotheran
Dursley
US
Adrian P Wise
Frenchay
US
Agent
Richard Stokey
US
Donald Wenskay
US
Keiji Masaki
US
Assignee
Discovision Associates
CA, US
IPC
G06F 9/30
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