Working on a mid-80's engine control unit, I have spent the better part of two days finding datasheets/pinouts for two mystery chips. I originally thought they were 4000 series logic chips, but no such numbers exist.

The unit is from a gen and appears to be a Ford EEC-IV controlling throttle body injection, on an accessory board labeled "FBC", for "Feedback Carburetor"

The were apparently made by Signetics (now NXP) - due to the S on the chip. However, I cannot find any datasheet for either the 4501 or 4514 part:

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The full markings are:

IC1: 4501 8408 S 005BB

IC3: 700002BB 8422 S 4514

I was able to determine that:

IC1 has +5V on Pin 3 & GND on pin 12

IC3 has +5V on Pin 4 & GND on pin 8

I suspect that 8408 / 8422 are date codes. IC3 smells like some sort of OpAmp with nonstandard pinout!?

For what it's worth, here are schematics I drew of the periphery around them:

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Any hints, however silly, are appreciated!

UPDATE After getting my hands on some high resolution images of other boards, some of them have:

IC3 = S4501 = S4017 = RCA 340; but they are all marked (70)005BB

IC1 = S4514 = S4513 = S3501; but they are all marked 700002BB

It appears that this is the "true" model number of an ASIC possibly. I have not found any cross mappings of internal part numbers to real part numbers as for the other board yet.

  • \$\begingroup\$ 7422 , 4 input NAND gates maybe, 8 version for higher temperature range in this case \$\endgroup\$
    – user208862
    Mar 12, 2021 at 18:53
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    \$\begingroup\$ The 7422 doesn't have GND on Pin12; I suspect the 8422 being a date code. \$\endgroup\$
    – namezero
    Mar 12, 2021 at 18:59
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    \$\begingroup\$ It is often very useful to be able to determine which pins are ground and which one is the power supply to identify a device. Your schematic doesn't seem to give information about that. \$\endgroup\$ Mar 12, 2021 at 19:42
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    \$\begingroup\$ Most likely ASICs. Looks like a Signetics logo on there. The best way to figure out a little black box is to measure inputs and outputs and have a guess at the function. If you need to replace them, that's going to be hard. \$\endgroup\$ Mar 12, 2021 at 21:40
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    \$\begingroup\$ +1 to OP - this is a great reference as to what a part identification question should look like for EE.SE. \$\endgroup\$ Mar 15, 2021 at 16:08

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I believe to have identified the chips by elimination based to supply voltages, VCC and GND pins.

IC1 = LM339 or pin-compatible

IC3 = TI5534 or pin-compatbile

I have redrawn and simplified the schematics while hopefully making no mistakes and the circuits seem to become more understandable and sensible:

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For now, I won't accept it as answer, but wanted to provide it as potential answer. Should anything change about my assumptions, I will update the post.


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