Name that Ware April 2010

The Ware for April 2010 is shown below. Click the image for a larger version.

I’m struggling to come up with meaningful commentary that won’t also give away the answer, so I’ll save the comments for when I provide the solution!

22 Responses to “Name that Ware April 2010”

  1. Andy B says:

    I think it is the IR sensor from a wii remote. On the left is the image sensor, on the right is the block ram. In the middle is the sensor logic.

  2. dude says:

    must be kinda 1970 technology.

    some memory and 4 bit ULA

  3. Richard H says:

    Yeah looks kinda old, and low density (in modern terms). But what looks like Cache on the left. but then the actual logic block (between the two large blocks) seems small compared to the overall size.
    Maybe something like a FPGA, maybe cache on one side, central logic/processor, and FPGA block.

  4. Hush says:

    Intel 8742 MCU?

    I recognized it from image illustrating this article:

  5. Adrian says:

    Looks like an 8742 to me.

  6. AGG says:

    It looks like Intel 8748.

  7. Devlin says:

    The big canvas-looking area on the right side appears to be a 128 by 128 array of some kind. The two areas on the left appear to be one 8 by 64 array of some kind.
    My guess would be that the right, big 128 by 128 array is some sort of permanent program memory. 16384 bits or 2048 bytes in what looks like 8 banks given the left side of the array.
    The other array on the left is probably SRAM registers.
    I would say this is a 40/44pin 8bit Harvard architecture MCU with 2k instructions, 64 registers/SRAM.
    If those squiggly inductor symbol-looking lines at the pins in the upper left are resistors, I would say this chip has the capability of providing pullup resistors on 7 of its pins.
    AGG guess is close, but has half the program space. It’s an Intel 8749.

  8. Andy says:

    CCD webcam sensor

  9. Jeff says:

    Note the wedge bonds. Old school!

    • Hvontres says:

      Hey, Wedge bonds may be old school for logic devices, but take a look at most power devices totay and you will find …. tada… wedge bonds. I happen to work for a major supplier of large wire wedge bonders… That was actually the first thing that caught my eye when I looked at the picture :)

  10. Taniwha says:

    Maybe 15 years ago I walked in the board room of a small chip-body-for-hire – they had a photomicrograph of a die about this complex (a lot less less ram) laid out over the table and had hired a bunch of college kids for the summer to manually match gates to layout to reverse engineer it – they weren’t cloning it per-se just making a work alike and working to make sure there was no hidden undocumented functionality – that pic isn’t quite good enough to do that though it’s coming close.

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  12. Vladislav says:

    8051 8 Bit control oriented Microcomputer