WD9000 Pascal microengine schematics available

Kyle Owen kylevowen at gmail.com
Tue Nov 10 15:01:40 CST 2015

On Nov 10, 2015 2:40 PM, "Brad Parker" <brad at heeltoe.com> wrote:
> Don't you also need to "delayer" the chip to get all the hidden
features?   I thought the process of reconstructing the polygons required
that each successive layer be exposed.  From the "top" I'd think you'd only
see a single metal layer.  But then again, on a old chip like that there
may only *be* one metal layer :-)
> My primitive understanding is that there will be a "base layer" with
junctions and one or more metal layers on top doing the interconnect.
> (I try and steer clear of physical design, or "PD" as we call it, since
it's seriously complex.  but also interesting!)

As a physical layout guy, you're absolutely correct. Some ICs can have tens
of metal layers, and in order to have better yield, planarization is used,
requiring fairly uniform metal density across all layers. This means adding
metal fill where necessary, so that makes visualizing ICs much more
difficult. Modern digital ICs typically rely on standard cell libraries, so
that can make identification a little easier. Once you've identified one
NAND gate or inverter, for instance, you've identified them all. Not so
with the early designs that were more discrete, in that respect.

These folks have done a lot of work related to this field:


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