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Non-Maskable Interrupt

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A non-maskable interrupt (NMI) is an interrupt that cannot be ignored. The PPU normally generates an NMI at the beginning of the vertical blanking period, which is received by the Ricoh CPU. This is the only NMI source on the SNES.[2]

NMIs have higher priority than IRQs, but lower priority than Reset.

See Also


  1. 7.19 Interrupt Priorities, page 53: https://www.westerndesigncenter.com/wdc/documentation/w65c816s.pdf
  2. https://problemkaputt.de/fullsnes.htm#snesppuinterrupts

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