Rochester Product Replication Solutions
Shocking to some is the market’s requirement for semiconductor families that were thought to be long-retired and consigned to the “semiconductor hall of fame.” One such product family is the Motorola 6800 series processors.
For many, hearing reference to this processor may feel like a step back in time. In fact, many engineering students in the late eighties may have used the 6800 series as an education kit to learn basic processor principles. For those who don’t recognize these digits, the 6800 was an 8-bit microprocessor series from Motorola, as it was then (now NXP Semiconductors), that was first introduced in 1974 and competed against the likes of the Zilog Z80, Intel 808x, and MOS Technology’s 650x for 8-bit computing and embedded sockets.
More than 40 years later, customers still require support for the 6800. To support these customers, Rochester’s Design and Technology group replicated the silicon design from the seventies and ported it to an up-to-date process fab.
What does it take to replicate a semiconductor?
From a customer perspective, the most important factor is that a replicated product drops into their system with no errata and no additional EMI. Unlike a lot of competing attempts to duplicate product, Rochester’s team matches output edge rates between the original product and the recreated product. We preserve as much of the original physical design as we possibly can while tuning the output edge rates to match across conditions.
The validation or proof is that we test using the OCM test program and typically add to that test program. In the end, we ship product that the original manufacturer would have shipped if they would have ported the product to another fab themselves.
Lastly, everything we do is authorized by the original manufacturer to support long-term system companies, which means we start with as much of the original design/test/manufacturing databases as are available.
Our Design and Technology team has completed many of these replications over the years. In addition to several parts from the 6800 series, we’ve also replicated parts from Intel’s 80186 microprocessor family, TI’s early TMS320 DSP families, NXP’s 8051 microcontroller family, and various end customer ASICs.
Moving beyond the 6800 series Rochester has also replicated parts from Motorola’s 68000 series which include the 68020 and 68040. As well, we are currently working on the 68030.
Replication of semiconductors is just one of the ways Rochester is helping its customers manage their product lifecycles.
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