We love microchips

- That's why we boil them in acid.

September 24, 2015

TL431 - adjustable shunt regulator : weekend die-shot

TL431 is another adjustable shunt regulator often used in linear supplies with external power transistor.
Die size 592x549 µm.

August 18, 2015

S9018 - 0.8Ghz npn BJT : weekend die-shot

Die size 294x294 µm.

August 10, 2015

LM319M : weekend die-shot

LM319M - "high speed" (80ns) dual comparator.
Die size 2017x700 µm.

July 11, 2015

Mikron 1663RU1 - first Russian 90nm chip : weekend die-shot

Mikron is currently the most advanced microelectronic fab in Russia, located in Zelenograd. In 2010 they have licensed 90nm technology from STMicroelectronics, and equipment setup was somewhat ready by the end of 2012. Technology transfer was hindered by very small manufacturing volume and scarce funding. Nevertheless, 1663RU1 has became their first 90nm product reached commercial customers. It's 16 Mibit SRAM chip.

There are no redundancy or ECC correction on this chip, bulk-Si technology ("civilian" technology). There are no radiation-hardening tricks implemented. This chip is apparently intended for industrial/military applications, use in space is only possible with great care.

Read more →
June 29, 2015

BFG135 - NPN 7GHz RF BJT transistor : weekend die-shot

BFG135 - 7GHz RF NPN transistor with integrated emitter-ballasting resistors. Transistor is so sparse to lower thermal (mainly) and collector resistance.
Die size 668x538 µm, transistor fin halfpitch - 800nm.

Read more →
June 24, 2015

nRF51822 - Bluetooth LE SoC : weekend die-shot

nRF51822 is a widely used Bluetooth LE SoC with Cortex-M0 core and on-chip buck DC-DC (LC are external).
Die size 3833x3503 µm, ~180nm technology.

June 3, 2015

RGB flicker LED : weekend die-shot

Unlike previous LED, this one is completely deterministic: diodes differ slightly only in RC oscillator frequency (~±10%). Regular structure at the lower-left side suggests that it's some sort of microcode-driven design.

Die size 553x474 µm, 1.5µm technology.

Thanks for this interesting chip to ASIP department of Gomel State University.
Read more →