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Woodstock Chipset Decapped (HD Photograph) - andylithia - 01-09-2021 04:44 PM

Greetings forum
I've recently acquired an old metallurgic microscope that is good enough for micro-meter scale chip analysis. The first thing I set out to do is to decap and obtain a complete photograph of HP ACT - the second generation calculator chipset seen in the Woodstock series.


For those wanting to know more about the circuit design, a good way to start is by reading the Verilog source code of Monte's 41CL that he kindly provides. This implementation is almost identical to the original design, and HP-41's architecture is basically an enhanced version of that of the earlier chipsets.

Also, years ago, I wrote three articles on my blog, exploring the details of HP's bit serial design. To me, a student who was born in the CMOS VLSI era, bit-serial calculator chip design is totally exotic. The adventure was quite enjoyable.


RE: Woodstock Chipset Decapped (HD Photograph) - TomC - 01-09-2021 08:22 PM

Nice photo!

The BitSerial articles are well written and most informative.

Thank you,

RE: Woodstock Chipset Decapped (HD Photograph) - EdS2 - 01-10-2021 11:14 AM

Very nice Andy - thanks!