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Processor Direct Slot
Processor Direct Slot or PDS, was a solution (actually, a whole number of different solutions) introduced by Apple Computer, in several of their Macintosh models, to providing a limited measure of hardware expandibility, without going to the expense (in both desktop space and selling price) of providing full-fledged bus expansion slots.
Typically, machines with bus expansion slots would have more than one of them. However, there was never more than one PDS slot. Rather than providing a sophisticated communication protocol with arbitration between different bits of hardware that might be trying to use the communication channel at the same time, the PDS slot mostly just gave direct access to signal pins on the CPU.
The one notable exception to this was the PDS design for the original Motorola 68020-based Macintosh LC. This was Apple's first attempt at a "low-cost" Mac, and it was such a success that, when subsequent models replaced the CPU with a 68030, and later even a 68040, ways were found to keep the PDS slot compatible with the original LC, so that the same expansion cards would continue to work.
The current standard for adding video cards to PCs, known as Accelerated Graphics Port or AGP, may be considered to be somewhere in-between a PDS and a bus. Like a PDS, there is no bus arbitration, so you can only have one AGP card per system; however, it works at a higher level than a PDS, in that it is CPU-agnostic, and AGP cards can be designed to work across Intel- or AMD-based PCs as well as Apple Macs and other computer platforms.
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