Subject: Re: LSI Logic
To: Peter C. Wallace <>
From: David Evans <>
List: port-pmax
Date: 05/17/2000 15:03:18
Peter C. Wallace wrote:
> 	Looks like (with a quick ohmmeter check) that most if not all
> MIPS bus signals go through ASIC to the daughterboard connector...

  How well does the MIPS bus run over connectors like this?  Perhaps that was
the reason for the creaiton of a "new" protocol between the CPU mdoule and
the motherboard.  SGI did a similar thing on the R4000 Indigo and subsequent
machines, allowing one to stick, say, an R5000 in an Indy that came with a
cacheless R4600.  They didn't do it with Crimson, their first R4x00 design,
so maybe they learned from that.  I haven't disected an Onyx/Challenge to see
how the IP19 CPU boards are set up.

David Evans          (NeXTMail/MIME OK)   
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