On 05/30/2018 08:19 AM, Kyle Owen via cctalk wrote:
Has anyone attempted to reassemble and update the
microcode on a MicroVAX?
Seems like there's enough stuff here to possibly do it:
I'm thinking about trying to find a microcoded architecture to play with
before I design something around the Intel 3000 series.
Intel 3000? WHY!
I'd get an FPGA development board and download Xilinx's
webpack software. It would not take real long to design the
basic microcode engine, and then you could develop some
application microcode in parallel with the hardware, adding
whatever feature to the hardware you needed when the need
came up in the microcode.
I've got a MicroVAX 3800, so I suppose I could run
MICRO2 to assemble the
aforementioned microcode. But then what? I assume PALs would have to be
burned to implement the new microcode. Or is it more complicated than that?
PALs? I don't think the 3800 microcode was in PALs. I
think it was in the CPU chip. There may have been a patch
array that allowed a very small number of microcode words to