MS780 Memory System
The MS780 Memory System was a MOS DRAM main memory system for the VAX-11/780. It was 64 bits wide, to interface to the -11/780's Synchronous Backplane Interconnect, and provided ECC (8 bits/double-word), which could correct all single-bit errors.
An MS780 was comprised of a custom backplane, a small group of control cards, and a variable number of array cards (between 2 and 16 per MS780), holding the DRAM chips. There were two generations; the first included:
- MS780-A (sometimes given as MS780A): 4Kx1 DRAM chips, 64KB per array card
- MS780-C: 16Kx1 DRAM chips, 256KB per array card
(The MS780-B and MS780-D are additional array cards for the MS780-A and MS780-C, respectively.) The second generation includes:
- MS780-E: 64Kx1 DRAM chips, 1MB per array card
- MS780-H: 256Kx1 DRAM chips, 4MB per array card
(Similarly, the MS780-F and MS780-J are additional array cards for the MS780-E and MS780-H, respectively.)
For the original release of the -11/780, with the MS780-C, this produced a maximum of 512 KB per MS780. The -11/780 supported up to 4 MS780 subsystems, for a maximum of 2MB with fully populated MS780-C's.
It was possible to interleave two MS780's to improve performance.
The initial versions, the MS780-A and MS780-C, included:
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Slots 2-17 held 256-Kbyte M8210 (MS780-C) or 64-Kbyte M8211 (MS780-A) array cards; a minimum of two, in slots 16 and 17, were required. The backplane was DEC part number 70-13625.
The later versions, the MS780-E and MS780-H, were implemented using a different card set mounted in a different custom 20-slot backplane (DEC part number 70-19729-00):
Slots 2-9 and 13-20 held 1-Mbyte M8373 (MS780-E) or 4-Mbyte M8374 (MS780-H) array cards; a minimum of two, in slots 9 and 13, were required.
- MS780-E MS780-H Memory Subsystem Technical Description (EK-MS780-TD-001)
- 11/780 Memory Assembly (MS780-H) Field Maintenance Print Set (MP01759)
- VAX 11/780 & 11/782 Revision Control Document - contains module revision histories for all variants of the MS780
- VAX prototype memory SBI board M8214