06349383 is referenced by 15 patents.
An apparatus and method are provided for combining multiple instructions prescribing accesses to a microprocessor stack into a single micro instruction. The apparatus includes a translator and access alignment logic. The translator receives a first stack access instruction and a second stack access instruction from an instruction queue, and decodes them into an associated micro instruction directing the microprocessor to accomplish both accesses prescribed by the stack access instructions during a combined access, wherein the combined access is achieved in a single instruction cycle. The access alignment logic is coupled to the translator and indicates alignment of two data entities within a cache for the combined access. The two stack access instructions are not combined when the access alignment logic indicates that the combination of the data entities is misaligned within the cache.