Garland STPM Press
AMD 2900 Family Bible - supports current IP
Lecture Monograph updated
The AMD 2900 Family (Am2900) Bit-Slice and other devices were supported by a number of high-level application notes. (Generated by the AMD Application Staff.)
The popular 2900 family was presented in hundreds of seminars to a world-wide audience from 1977 thru the early 90s. It has not be produced by AMD for well over a decade (if not two) but it lives still as IP blocks. This is soft IP (RTL code - mostly Verilog). Designs are still being maintained and new designs using IP are still being conceived. Here are some documents saved from the dust. Controllers are still designed everyday. What a waste to constantly re-invent the wheel!
Missing - CHAPTER 8 - HEX29 Computer
AMC Application Note: CHAPTER 9: Super Sixteen Here (16-bit Bipolar Microprocessor) (3MB)
The above all appear in the hardcover book by Mick & Brick
AMD 2900 VINTAGE INFORMATION
AMD Am2900 Family Databook - 1995 - Bitsavers' PDF Document Archive (30MB) - On-Line at Bit Savers
Bit Savers has the 1985 version of the ED2900A Seminar on-line (link at Wikipedia)
ED2900A Seminar Introduction to Designing with the AM2900 Family of Microprogrammable Bipolar Devices Written/Taught by D. E. White (1981): This was the basis of the textbook Bit-Slice Design: Controllers and ALUs which was done with full backing from AMD. They handed it out to customers.
Acrobat 7 minimum - about 2MB each - downloads
A note on vintage material - the seminar above was written before the creation of WORD, laser-printers, or any of the tools so readily available today. The pages were copied, assembled (punched pages jam a copier) and then scanned to PDF in sections. They are pretty much as they were. We had two fonts - Impact and Courier. Impact printers (Daisywheel or the Spinwriter), and no drawing tools. There was no sp el-check (we had a 3rd party tool that tried). [It was first written in 1979.] We added illustrations with typing or we copied from data books and pasted them onto the camera-ready copy. White tape, glue and white-out were standard tools.
The formal ap notes were actually type-set and the drawings done by an illustrator. We laugh today - when FrameMaker, QuarkXpress, InDesign, Illustrator, screen-capture, file-transfer, VISIO, Photoshop and PDF are available and printing is done in color or B&W with a laser printer we have to constantly tell IT to tone down - we don't need 1200dpi!
The ED2900A and ED2900B Seminars used a common Study Guide/Teacher's Manual:
This is 7.5MB PDF - Acrobat 7 at least - about 124 pages - 1.5MB - Downloads (blank pages removed)
Early Ap Note - Disc Controller Here (730KB)
ED2900B Microprogrammable Computer Architecture - Seminar note set and study guide (not uploaded yet)
Another ApNote: Microprogramming Handbook by John R. Mick and Jim Brick
Application Notes By D. E. White:
Firmware Interrupts for the 2900 Designer's Notebook, Digital Design, March 1981, pg. 76-77.
Hardware Interrupts for the 2900 , Seminar handout (unpublished)
def file for the Am29203, Seminar handout (unpublished)
Programming the Am2910 Seminar handout (unpublished)
An Emulation of the Am9080A - an 8-bit MOS Microprocessor 686KB
An Example of A Microprogrammed Machine Schematics and AMDASM files (1978)