SIMM, Address Lines Order?

Jeff Walther trag at
Sun Sep 25 20:59:02 CDT 2005

When connecting DRAM chips to the pins of a SIMM (i.e. laying out the 
traces) does it matter if the  order of the address and data lines is 
preserved?  In other words, does A0 on the SIMM need to connect to A0 
on the chip, and A0 on all the other chips as well?  These are old 
DRAM, such as FPM or EDO, used in 30 pin SIMMs.  Nothing new and 
fancy like SDRAM.

I believe the answer is no.   But I know from experience that there 
are sometimes odd scenarios that are easily overlooked, so I figured 
I'd access the shared experience and knowledge here.

It's a lot easier to layout the PCB for the SIMMs, if I don't 
preserve order.   And it shouldn't matter, because anything that gets 
stored at address X should come back out on a read to address X.

The only circumstance I can think of that could cause a problem is if 
the RAM has some kind of sequential read mode where consequeutive 
addresses are expected.  Reading the datasheet, I don't see a mode 
like that.  The closest thing is a burst mode where the Row address 
stays constant and a series of Column addresses are supplied, but 
that should work just fine, I think.

So, any gotchas to disordering the address and data pins between the 
SIMM, and the chips and from chip to chip?

Jeff Walther

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