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Q14000 BiCOMS Array

The Q24000 Series was also BiCMOS




October 2009


AMCC discontinued its Array Business Unit January 1995. [ASIC - Application-Specific Integrated Circuit; not to be confused with today's arrays.]

However, as the chips age, people are trying to understand how they work so they can design a replacement. The seminar and the user manual did not contain any base-die (process) information. Everything discussed involved the two-layer metalization.

The textbook on the left is a summary of the information contained in the user's manual, Vol I and Vol II, and the classroom lecture notes. Here are the references.

Both links to the (903) release and the (809) releases are contained on this page.

This is the Vol I of the Design manual for the Q14000B Series Arrays - release (903) - it contained all four arrays. This manual marked the change from OEM to a ME SE computer and impact printers to a laserjet printer. Pretty obvious quality change. This version includes the full macro library.
: Some I/O macros only went on specific arrays. Bi COMS had the most complicated rules for I/O ring placement. AMCCERC software attempted to at least check that the number of macros by type and the number of I/O cells by type at least lined up. Placement was another matter. The Q14000 and its successor, the Q24000 BiCOMS Array Series, took a great deal of mathematical analysis. They also marked the end of the bipolar-CMOS combos. Semicustom arrays gave way to total custom, including the CBA Arrays (SIARC and then Synopsys, and then sold off) and then CMOS.

One thing you can always count on. Blink, and technology will change.

Q14000 BiCOMS Array Series Rapid Reference (803) This is an early copy - only lists two arrays.

Q14000 Design Manual (excluding the Macro Library (803) - only has the first two arrays

Q14000 Macro Library (803)

Q14000 Design Manual Macro Quicksheets

Q14000 Datasheet Version B
This is on-line (use Google and search for "Q14000 Series Arrays", in quotes) This has all the members of the array series.

Q14000 BiCOMS Process Sketch

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