MM11-W core memory
- G116 - hex-width sense/inhibit module
- G236 - hex-width XY Drive, current source, decode module
- H224-D - hex-width core stack
- M8294 - quad-width timing and control module
There was also a parity-capable variant, the MM11-WP, which added an dual-width M7259 Parity Control Module, and substituted an H224-C (with two more bits per word) for the H224-D. The MM11-WP required the -4 variant of the backplane; the non-parity version used the -3. (The MM11-U used a different version of the same backplane; the -1 for the MM11-U, and the -2 for the MM11-UP. The -1/-2 variants could be modified to a -3/-4 by the addition of 4 wire-wrap wires.)
The MM11-W also supported interleaving between a pair of MM11-W units.
The board organization in the MF11-W backplanes is (viewed from the module side of the backplane):
|1||UNIBUS In||M8294 Timing + Control|
|2||M7259 Parity Controller||Unused|
|4||H224-C/D Core stack|
|5||G236 X/Y Driver|
|6||G236 X/Y Driver|
|7||H224-C/D Core stack|
|9||UNIBUS Out||M8294 Timing + Control|
The first MM11-W set normally goes in slots 6/7/8/9; when the second MM11-U set was added, it was normally installed in slots 1/3/4/5; the order could be reversed, though.
The H224-C/D is connected to the G116/G236 cards with 'over the back' flat cables, which carry the sense/inhibit signals from the core stack board to the electronics board. It is connected to the G236 with a 20-pin cable, and to the G116 with three 40-pin connectors. The cable end on the G116/G236 end is a standard Berg header, but on the H224-C/D end, the cables are soldered directly to the board, not plugged into a connector.
Parity and non-parity backplane configuration
Like the MM11-U, installing an MM11-W (non-parity) module set in an MF11-WP backplane will likely cause the machine to hang when that memory is referenced.
This is because during parity operation, the SSYN signal is routed through the M7259 parity controller board, and that only issues the SSYN once it has checked that the parity is OK. On non-parity installations, the 'proto-SSYN' from the rest of the memory is just hard-wired straight to the output to the UNIBUS.
That requires a jumper on the backplane for non-parity memory: it runs from pin B1U1 to B2U1. This jumper should not be present for parity memory. Note that therefore parity and non-parity memory cannot be mixed on the same backplane.
- MF11-W/WP user manual (EK-MF11W-OP)
- MF11-W/WP maintenance manual (EK-MF11W-MM)
- MF11-W/WP Field Maintenance Print Set (MP00034)