Friday, February 8, 2013

MOS 6702 SuperPET security dongle

Thanks to Mike Naberezny for this interesting undocumented hardware protection dongle.


Saturday, January 26, 2013

Ferranti ULA 9C018E7

Thanks to Ivo van Poorten of the Netherlands for sending this uncommitted logic array (ULA) by Ferranti.  Christian Sattler in the UK photographed and delayered the chip in November, 2012.

Atari POKEY C012294 Substrate

While our decapping and delayering here on the west coast have taken a short break, Christian Sattler in the UK has stepped up and run several chips through the chemistry.  Among them is our Atari POKEY.  Christian also has an interactive browser to view the aligned layers.  Enjoy!

Friday, January 25, 2013

8085 Substrate and Layers

Christian Sattler has delayered and photographed our AMD 8085.  Pavel Zima then made quick work of capturing polygons for the substrate and polysilicon.  He's also got a simulation up and running.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

AMD 8085 die shot and first layer images

You thought Intel was behind the 8085, so why in the world would we list an "AMD 8085?"  Back in the day, computer manufacturers would insist on having several independent producers of a chip to guarantee supply.  AMD was a second source producer of the 8085, having licensed the design from Intel.  Can you imagine an AMD or NVIDIA Core i7 today?  Things aint what they used to be.

Pavel Zima has done a great job extracting components into per-layer images.  So far, we have only metal and vias, as we'll need to delayer the chip before we can see details under the metal.