March 29, 2013

Simplest possible microchip - Ti SN74AHC1G00 : Weekend die-shot

Remember we said that the simplest possible microchip is 74AHC00? We were wrong.
Simplest possible microchip is it's 1-gate version, SN74AHC1G00 made by Texas Instruments. Die size 520x420 ┬Ám.



After etching 2(!) metal layers, we can see that chip area occupied mostly by pads, input protection, and output transistors. Funny rainbow things below pads - partially etched insulating dielectric masked by what's left from gold bond wires.