October 21, 2012

AMD Palce16V8h : Weekend die-shot

GAL(Generic array logic) microchips are FPGA and CPLD grandfathers.
AMD Palce16V8h is an 32x64 array of AND elements.

Die size - 2434x2079µm, 1µm technology.


September 30, 2012

Altera EPM7032 : Weekend die-shot

Altera EPM7032 - CPLD which have seen a lot... One of the last using 5V supply.

Die size - 3446x2252µm, technology node 1µm.


September 23, 2012

Atmel ATmega8 : Weekend die-shot

ATmega8 - one of the most popular 8-bit microcontrollers.

Die size - 2855x2795µm, technology node 500nm.


September 17, 2012

STM32F100C4T6B : Weekend die-shot

STM32F100C4T6B - is the smallest microcontroller made by STMicroelectronics based on ARM Cortex-M3 core.

Die size - 2854x3123µm.


September 8, 2012

AVR ATtiny13a : Weekend die-shot

ATtiny13A - one of the smallest Atmel's microcontrollers: only 1kb of flash and 32 bytes of SRAM. Die size though appeared to be unexpectedly big (1620x1640 µm).

500nm technology node.


August 26, 2012

KR580IK80A : Weekend die-shot

KR580IK80A (later renamed to KR580VM80A) - one of the most widespread soviet processors. Contrary to popular belief, it appeared to be not an Intel 8080A (or 8080) clone, but a code-compatible redesign (while several parts are quite similar, routing is different as well as pad placement).

Thinnest lines are 6µm.


August 19, 2012

MIFARE : Weekend die-shot

This weekend we teared down few MIFARE-based tickets from Moscow's metro. While plastic antenna does have Sitronics logo, chip itself appears to be made by NXP, not Mikron as we expected. Die size - 640x620 µm.