Rough as heck.

HELP! If you have any more information on the ARTIC960 or any related AIBs, please contact ME!

@8FEC.ADF - IBM ARTIC960 Co-Processor Platform Adapter (ARTIC960 PCI is the PCI version...)
C8FEC.ADF - Init file for @8FEC.ADF
9mc105.exe ARTIC960 Startup/Option Diskette V1.05
r9mc105.txt ARTIC960 Startup/Option Diskette V1.05 README

194-239 IBM ARTIC960 Coprocessor for IBM RISC System/6000

ARTIC960 Support for AIX
ARTIC960 Support for AIX Developers Kit
ARTIC960 Support for AIX Supplemental Diskette
ARTIC960 Support for WinNT
ARTIC960 Support for WinNT Developers Kit

ARTIC 960/ARTIC 960PCI Co-Processor Guide to Ops Supplement (lost!) e9er.pdf
ARTIC STREAMS Support WAN Driver Interface Reference
ARTIC960 Co-Processor Platforms Hardware Technical Reference
ARTIC960 Programmer's Guide
ARTIC960 Programmer's Reference
ARTIC960 STREAMS Environment Reference
ARTIC960 Co-Processor Platforms Application Interface Board Developer's Guide, (not found!) e9eqbase.pdf

Realtime Interface Co-Processor C Language Support README

9as122o.txt Installation instructions for IBM ARTIC960 OS/2 ANDIS MAC Device Driver Ver 1.2.2
9as122o.exe IBM ARTIC960 OS/2 ANDIS MAC Device Driver Version 1.2.2
9nw101n.exe Netware WAN HSM Installation file for the ARTIC960 PCI adapter 9nw101n.txt Netware WAN HSM Installation instructions for ARTIC960 PCI adapter 9od122o.exe OS/2 Developer's Kit for the ARTIC960 PCI adapter 9od122o.txt OS/2 Developer's Kit Installation for ARTIC960 PCI adapter 9os122o.exe Installation file for the ARTIC960 PCI adapter (OS/2) 9os122o.txt Installation instructions for the ARTIC960 PCI adapter (OS/2)

NOTE: It is conceivable that IBM included support for MCA in some of the driver disks for the 960Hx and Rx PCI ARTICs.
Cashing in on the ARTIC960 caches
IBM ARTIC Legacy Downloads

qCF SOFTWARE FOR ARTIC Quadron's qCF is a C-language software development and enhanced runtime support package for ARTIC cards
ARTIC Portmaster (Quadron site)

ARTIC960 Base Board P/N 06H4651, FRU 61G2916

J1 140 pin AIB connector
J2 Unk
J3 Clock Signal Termination
U1 80960CF-25
U2, 4 Micron MT4C16257DJ-7
U6, 7 Fujitsu 81C4256A-70 256Kx4
U14 34G1519 Brighton
U16 06H2142
U18 34G1521 Miami
U19 P174FCT
U20 06H3691
U25 Packet memory
X3 Spare
Y1 40.000 MHz osc MCA Bus
Y2 25.0000 MHz Clock

- 80960Cx -80960CA 25MHz (initial production)  replaced by 80960CF (later production). The CA and CF are register compatible.
U2, 4 Instruction memory (DRAM SOJ modules) 1 or 4MB, 1 to 3 wait states (could be ordered with 4MB!)
U14 34G1519 Brighton Memory Bus controller (plus ECC!) Brighton Component Specification (Used on i960 boards)
U18 34G1521 Miami System Bus Interface Miami Component Specification (used on i960 boards)
U19 - Pericom P174FCT - Fast CMOS Octal D Flip-Flop with Master Reset Datasheet
U20 06H3691 EPROM?
U25 - 72 pin SIMM, (mine had a 1Mx40, ECC, 80nS SIMM in it.

LED Code
   The LED flashing sequence may be particularly useful for errors that occur very early on in Preliminary POST, thus preventing notification
via the ISP Register. The No. of Flashes defines a period of consecutive visible flashes followed by a pause. This pattern is repeated indefinitely.

Error Name

Error Source and Description

No. of Flashes


Base ROM checksum test failed



Processor bus test failed



Local Bus test failed






Packet memory not detected during boundary test



Lower 1MB of packet memory failed memory test



Processor fault occurred


SSID Mismatch

The SSID is not as expected


What is the purpose of the light on top of the ARTIC card?
   The light on the ARTIC card indicates the status of the ARTIC POST routines. The light normally comes on during POST (power on or reset), and goes off after successful completion of POST. If the light remains on, an error has been detected and an error code will be in task 0's secondary status buffer. A flashing light indicates a memory error on the card (since the error code can not be reported via memory).

One other difference in reset between Micro Channel and PCI systems is that Ctrl+Alt+Del does not reset adapters in PCI systems.

J3 Clock Signal on ARTIC960 Co-Processor Platform (Micro Channel)

The ARTIC960 supplies a clock signal (25MHz) to the AIB. This signal must be terminated at all times. Normally, the AIB circuitry terminates this signal. The ARTIC960 has a three-pin jumper (J3), which provides an on-card resistance-capacitance (RC) termination for the clock. If you do not have an AIB installed,  J3 is jumpered 2-3 to terminate the clock signal on the ARTIC960. When an AIB is installed, J3 is jumpered 1-2, which is a "no-connect" position for the on-card termination circuitry, and allows the termination to take place using the AIB circuitry.

NOTE: On this ARTIC960 with an installed AIB, J3 was jumpered for 3-2, which is supposedly for Termination.

6 Port V.36 AIB FRU 11H3795 (52G0985?)

J1 100 pin header
J2 140 pin AIB connector
JP1 Two solder pads
U1, 2 34G1522 VERO AIB/DMA
U4, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 DS36950V
U5 AM28F256 -200JC
U9, 11, 91 SC26C562C1A
U10,12,28,29,30,33 LT1141ACS
U13 06H6556
U24 06H3889
Y1 12.2880 MHz osc
Y2 14.7456 MHz osc DUSCC clock

The oscillator frequency supplied to the DUSCCs is 14.745 MHz.

U1, 2 34G1522 VERO AIB/DMA - CFE Local Bus/AIB Interface Chip VERO was superseded by the VOLANT chip on ARTIC960 PCI AIBs.
U9,11,91 SC26C562C1A Dual universal serial communications controller (DUSCC) Datasheet
DS36950 Quad Differential Bus Transceiver Datasheet
lT1141A - Advanced Low Power 5V RS232 Drivers/Receivers with Small Capacitors Datasheet

# 6930 ... ARTIC 960 Adapter 61G2925
# 6933 ... 4 MB memory
# 6934 ... 8 MB memory
# 6940 ... Application Interface Board, 4-port Selectable 61G2960

   High-speed 4-Port Multi-interface AIB that offers either EIA-232, EIA-530 (RS-422), ISO4903 (X.21), or ISO 4902 (V.36) electrical interfaces for generalized applications.  The selection of the specific interface is achieved by a matching cable (four ports of either 232, 422, X.21, or V.36)

# 6941 ... cable, 4-port EIA-232 61G2918

# 6932 ... cable, 4-port EIA-530 / EIA-422 61G2923

# 6943 ... cable, 4-port X.21 61G2928

# 6944 ... cable, 4-port V.36 61G2933

o   At least four to six times the performance of Portmaster Adapter/A. The 4-Port Multi-interface Application Interface Board handles four lines of communications data at 2.048 megabits per second.
o   Intel (1) 80960ca 25-MHz processor
o   Support for DMA 32-bit bus master and peer-to-peer capability on the Micro Channel
o   64-bit streaming data (80MB/s) capability
o   From 2 to 17MB of memory (capability of 1 to 20MB through an RPQ)
o   Architected to accept a 32MB single in-line memory module (SIMM)
o   System Control Block (SCB) Move-mode

For the '94 RS/6000 versions, memory supported has dropped to the 1, 4, or 8MB SIMM.
o  From 2 to 9MB of memory (additional memory available via an RPQ)

Included in this announcement is a high-speed 4-Port multi-interface Application Interface Board (AIB). The AIB offers either EIA-232D (asynchronous), or EIA-530 (RS422), or ISO 4903 (X.21) or ISO 4902 (V.36) electrical interfaces for communications applications. The selection of the specific interface is achieved by a matching cable (4 ports of 232 or 4 ports of 422 or 4 ports of X.21 or 4 ports of V.36).

  The application development driver is intended to provide a level of interface to the adapter for those developing applications using the ARTIC960 and is not a full-function driver. The application development driver is contained in the diagnostic diskette.

A developer's kit is offered that provides AIB design information, sample programs, a programmer's guide/reference, and a hardware technical reference manual. As part of the developer's kit a Developer's Assistance Program (DAP) is provided for parties who will be developing their own software applications and/or designing their own application interface board. The ARTIC960 DAP

The ARTIC960 adapter requires a 32-bit slot in the following Micro Channel machines
There is no limitation on the quantity of ARTIC960 cards per system other than 32-bit Micro Channel long slot availability and the amount of power furnished by the system. A typical ARTIC960 adapter, without the AIB, draws 12.5 watts of 5VDC power. The Multi-interface AIB draws an additional 3.7 watts.

Limitations RS/6000
   There is a limitation of 5 IBM ARTIC960 coprocessor with the supplied driver in all models except Machine Type 7009 Model C10 which has a limit of 2.

   The adapter is designed with two memory banks. The instruction memory is 1MB large and is soldered in place. The other memory bank or data memory (also referred to as "packet") is provided in the form of a selectable pluggable SIMM package. The SIMM sizes are 1, 4, 8, and 16MB, with the card designed to accept a 32MB SIMM. A SIMM must be installed for the ARTIC960 to operate.

NOTE: I have an ARTIC960 with a 6 port V.36 AIB, and the SIMM is a 4M ECC SIMM. 68X6356 1Mx40 E 80nS, 5v

@8FECH ARTIC960 Co-Processor Platform Adapter

Modify the ADF file so that all features are "disabled" and remove the ability to disable channel check sources. Channel check sources is always enabled. Change Advanced Co-Processor Platform Adapter to ARTIC960 Co-Processor Platform Adapter.

Device I/O Address

The Device I/O Address field is a six-bit field that selects the I/O address of the ARTIC960 Co-Processor Platform Adapter. The six bits represent bits 15 through 10 of the I/O address. Address bits 15, 14, and 13 are in POS register 5. Address bits 12, 11, and 10 are in POS subaddress 100 (POS register 3A).
    <"1C00H-1C1FH">, 3C00-3C1F, 5C00-5C1F, 7C00-7C1F, 9C00-9C1F, BC00-BC1F, DC00-DC1F, FC00-FC1F

Interrupt Level
   The interrupt level is the prioritized interrupt request line on which the ARTIC960 Co-Processor Platform Adapter will interrupt the system. The highest to lowest interrupt priorities are as follows: 9, 10, 14, 7. The interrupt level may be shared with another adapter. The preferred interrupt level is 7.
    <"Level  7">, 10, 14,  9

Primary Arbitration Level

   This field is the primary arbitration level for the ARTIC960 Co-Processor Platform Adapter Busmaster DMA transfers. An arbitration level of 0 has the highest priority, and increasing levels have corresponding decreased priority
    <"Level E">, D, C, B, A, 9, 8, 3, 2, 1

Streaming Data
   This field enables or disables the Streaming Data feature of the ARTIC960 Co-Processor Platform Adapter as both a Bus Master and a Slave. The default state of this field is disable, which causes the adapter to use the basic data transfer procedures. When enabled, the streaming data procedure is supported.
    <"Disabled">, Enabled

Selected Feedback Return

   This field enables or disables the checking and reporting of loss of Selected Feedback Return by the Bus Master of the ARTIC960 Co-Processor Platform Adapter. The default state of this field is disable.
    <"Disabled">, Enabled

Address and Data Parity

   This field enables or disables the address and data parity checking and generation by the ARTIC960 Co-Processor Platform Adapter. The default state of this field is disable.
   <"Disabled">, Enabled

Asynchronous/Synchronous Channel Check
   This field indicates the mode that the ARTIC960 Co-Processor Platform Adapter uses when driving -CHCK active. When synchronous    mode is selected, -CHCK is signaled by the adapter with a pulse on -CHCK during the data transfer cycles. When selected for asynchronous mode, the adapter drives -CHCK active asyschronously to a data transfer, i.e -CHCK remains active until reset by the system  master. The default state of this field is Asynchronous.
    <"Asynchronous">, Synchronous

1st Shared Storage Window Location
   There are two independent windows into the RAM on the ARTIC960 Co-Processor Platform Adapter. This is the first window which is located in the ROM/RAM area. The size of this window can be either 8 KBytes or 16 KBytes

   8K window.
    <"DE000H-DFFFFH, 8K Window">, DC000-DDFFF, DA000-DBFFF, D8000-D9FFF, D6000-D7FFF, D4000-D5FFF, D2000-D3FFF, D0000-D1FFF, CE000-CFFFF, CC000-CDFFF, CA000-CBFFF, C8000-C9FFF, C6000-C7FFF, C4000-C5FFF, C2000-C3FFF, C0000-C1FFF

  16K window. 
    <"DC000H-DFFFFH, 16K Window">, D8000-DBFFF, D4000-D7FFF, D0000-D3FFF, CC000-CFFFF,  C8000-CBFFF,  C4000-C7FFF,  C0000-C3FFF

2nd Shared Storage Window Location (This field will call the ADP)

   There are two independent windows into the RAM on the ARTIC960 Co-Processor Platform Adapter. This is the second window which    is located above 1 MEG. The size of this window is equal to the amount of RAM installed on the adapter
    <"Above 1M, Window=Memory Size">

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