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Interrupts are signals that can be sent by hardware or software to indicate an event that needs immediate CPU attention . These events are usually connected to an I/O device, which mostly deals with the external world. For example, pressing a key on the keyboard or moving the mouse triggers hardware interrupts that cause the processor to read the keystroke or mouse position. Interrupts were introduced to eliminate unproductive waiting time in pooling loops for external events from I/O devices.
KeywordsHardware Interrupt Interrupt Service Routine (ISR) Interrupt Request Lines Interrupt Mask Register (IMR) Software Interrupt Instruction
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