F-11 chip set

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The F-11 chip set (code-named 'Fonz') was DEC's second microprocessor implementation of the PDP-11 architecture. It was used in the KDF11 CPUs. The main CPU was implemented in two chips (carried on a single DIP carrier).

Unlike the first microprocessor implementation (the LSI-11), the F-11 chip set implemented the full PDP-11 architecture, including the optional KTF11-A memory management chip which implemented standard PDP-11 Memory Management, and the optional KEF11-A floating point chip which implemented the FP11-compatible floating point.

(The KEF11-A requires the KTF11-A, since the floating point registers are actually in the KTF11-A; probably because the KEF11-A is microcode, and there aren't enough pins for both the data bus, and the microcode bus.)

There is also a 6-chip carrier, the KEF11-B, which implements the PDP-11 Commercial Instruction Set (CIS).

Chip versions

The data paths chip is the DC302, DEC part # 21-15541-Ax, where x is a capital letter giving the revision (B is the most common, although C has been seen), which contains the registers, ALU, etc. The control chip is the DC303, DEC part # 23-001C7-Ax (only the A revision has been seen), which contains microcode and a small amount of miscellaneous logic. The carrier as a whole has the DEC part # 57-00000-01-A1 or 57-00000-02 (the latter with the -AC revision of the data paths chip).

ODT limitations

The F-11 chip set includes microcode which provides 'front panel' functionality named 'ODT'; the ability to read and write to memory, start the process, etc. However, the original version of the KDF11-A only supported 18-bit addressing, and even though later versions supported 22-bit addressing, ODT in the KDF11's was always limited to 18-bit addressing: i.e. it is impossible to interact with memory above 256 Kbytes from ODT.

The later KDJ11 CPUs do not have this limitation.

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