PA-RISC Chipsets


Most HP PA-RISC computers used proprietary HP chipsets and system designs. Early 32-bit workstations (HP 9000/700) and servers (HP 9000/800) from the 1990s used different chipsets. Later on, the system platforms of workstations and servers moved closer and used the same chipsets.

Chipsets used in PA-RISC computers
Architecture and CPUs Chips Usage
Early designs SIU/SPI CPU bridge
TS-1, NS-1, NS-2, PCX CTB I/O bridge
ASP/Viper Viper Memory and I/O controller
PA-7000, PA-7100 ASP I/O chipset
LASI MIOC Memory and I/O controller
PA-7100LC, PA-7300LC LASI I/O chipset
Wax EISA bridge
Dino PCI bridge
Cujo PCI-64 bridge
U2/UTurn MMC/SMC Memory controller
PA-7200, PA-8000, PA-8200 U2 or UTurn I/O controller
LASI I/O chipset
Wax EISA bridge
Dino PCI bridge
Cujo PCI-64 bridge
Astro Astro Memory and I/O controller
PA-8500, PA-8600, PA-8700 Elroy Bus bridge to I/O
Stretch DEW CPU bridge
PA-8500, PA-8600, PA-8700 Prelude Memory controller
IKE I/O controller
Elroy PCI-64 bridge
Cell CC Memory and I/O controller
PA-8700, PA-8800, PA-8900 XBC Crossbar
SBA I/O controller
Elroy PCI-64 bridge
zx1 Pluto I/O and memory controller
PA-8800, PA-8900 Mercury PCI, PCI-X, AGP bridge

Chipsets were tied to specific architectures but sometimes used in different generations of computers or implementations.

Early designs: Early 32-bit PA-RISC systems of the late 1980s used custom designs based on the SIU/SPI main bus interfaces and the SMB bus. The computing and I/O units consisted of a large number of individual chips and used CIO and HP-PB I/O buses.

ASP/Viper: Computers with 32-bit PA-7000 and PA-7100 processors mostly used the ASP chipset and Viper memory controller, with VSC CPU, GSC system and SGC and EISA expansion buses.

LASI: Developed as highly-integrated chipset and system design, many LC low-cost systems with PA-7100LC and PA-7300 LC processors used LASI and GSC as system and I/O bus.

U2/UTurn: PA-RISC computers based on 32-bit and 64-bit processors with a Runway processor interface used a U2 or UTurn system design that attached GSC- and PCI-based I/O and memory via adapters to the Runway bus.

Astro: Some PA-8500, PA-8600 and PA-8700 systems use a rope-based architecture with Astro as main system controller and Runway+ buses with I/O devices controlled by Elroy PCI bridges.

Stretch: Stretch was a 64-bit system design for midrange servers based on PA-8500 to 8700 processors, with a central system controller and links to processor and I/O controllers and PCI bridges. The main system bus is Itanium with converters for the PA-RISC processor Runway bus.

Cell: This was a crossbar chipset used in few HP 9000 Integrity servers and some Superdome models. The main design feature were individual system or processor cells that were interconnected by a CEC component and central crossbars.

zx1: The zx1 chipset was a HP Itanium chipset bus used in later HP 9000 and Integrity PA-RISC servers as well. It consists of two purpose-built main parts that connect the processor, memory and I/O to the Itanium system main buses: Pluto and Mercury.

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