The Intel 8251A and the Signetics 2651 alternate the same external register between two internal mode registers. Writing to the first internal register is accomplished by writing to the external register. This write, however, has the side effect of setting up the sequencing logic in the chip so that the next read/write operation refers to the second internal register.
The NEC PD7201 PCC has multiple internal data registers. To write a byte into a particular register, two steps must be performed. The first step is to write into register zero the number of the register into which the following byte of data will go. The data is then written to the specified data register. The sequencing logic automatically sets up the chip so that the next byte sent will go into data register zero.
The AMD 9513 timer has a data pointer register that points at the data register into which a data byte will go. When sending a byte to the data register, the pointer is incremented. The current value of the pointer register cannot be read.