Definitions for "IRQ"
Are used by the Input/Output devices to communicate with a CPU. IRQs on ISA machines cannot be shared by two devices.
nterrupt uest. Each device has its own IRQ, which enables it to communicate with the CPU by interrupting the CPU's process so that it can handle instructions from the device.
Maskable (can be enabled or disabled by the 6502) interrupts such as the Break Key IRQ.