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AST(4) NetBSD Kernel Interfaces Manual AST(4)
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ast -- multiplexing serial communications interface
ast0 at isa? port 0x1a0 irq 5
com2 at ast? slave ?
com3 at ast? slave ?
com4 at ast? slave ?
com5 at ast? slave ?
The ast driver provides support for boards that multiplex together up to
four EIA RS-232C (CCITT V.28) communications interfaces. Apparently the
original maker of hardware using this multiplexing protocol was AST.
Each ast device is the master device for up to four com devices. The
kernel configuration specifies these com devices as slave devices of the
ast device, as shown in the synopsis. The slave ID given for each com
device determines which bit in the interrupt multiplexing register is
tested to find interrupts for that device. The port specification for
the ast device is used to compute the base addresses for the com subde-
vices and the port for the interrupt multiplexing register.
The ast driver was written by Roland McGrath and placed into the public
NetBSD 6.0 March 30, 1994 NetBSD 6.0