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APIC(4)                FreeBSD Kernel Interfaces Manual                APIC(4)

     apic - Advanced Programmable Interrupt Controller (APIC) driver

     This driver is a mandatory part of amd64 kernel.  To compile this driver
     into i386 or pc98 kernel, place the following line in your kernel
     configuration file:

           device apic

     The following tunable is settable from the loader(8):

     controls event timers functionality support. Setting to 0, disables it.
     Default value is 1.

     Set this to 1 to disable APIC support, falling back to the legacy PIC.

     There are two components in the Intel APIC system, the local APIC (LAPIC)
     and the I/O APIC.  There is one local APIC in each CPU in the system.
     There is typically one I/O APIC for each peripheral bus in the system.

     Local APICs manage all external interrupts for a specific processor.  In
     addition, they are able to accept and generate inter-processor interrupts

     I/O APICs contain a redirection table, which is used to route the
     interrupts they receive from peripheral buses to one or more local APICs.

     Each local APIC includes one 32-bit programmable timer.  This driver uses
     them to supply kernel with one event timer named "LAPIC".  Event timer
     provided by the driver supports both one-shot an periodic modes.  Because
     of local APIC nature it is per-CPU.  The timer frequency is not reported
     by the platform and so automatically measured by the driver on the first
     use.  Depending on CPU model this timer may stop in C3 and deeper CPU
     sleep states.  Driver automatically adjusts event timer priority and
     reports it to prevent entering dangerous sleep states when it is used.

     atrtc(4), attimer(4), eventtimers(4), hpet(4)

FreeBSD 11.0-PRERELEASE        December 20, 2011       FreeBSD 11.0-PRERELEASE


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