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Notice: Everything on this page needs to be verified for accuracy. There are likely, errors or missing information here.


Disclaimer: All of the CIC actions described below have been done successfully as part of a University project. Some of the details are missing whether it was to avoid encouraging piracy, simply not required for the core of the paper or lost in the language translation (authors live in Germany) is unknown.

CIC decap pins labeled
CIC decap pins labeled
CIC/IPL variants
Variant Used in Real Entrypoint Comment
5101 Aleck 64 titles u32@0x08 - 0x100000
6101 Starfox 64 0x80000480
  • Entrypoint is hard-coded to 0x80000480 whatever the ROM header says.
7102 Lylat wars 0x80000480
  • Identical to 6102 except that it hardcode entrypoint to 0x80000480 whatever the ROM header says.
6102 / 7101 Most titles u32@0x08
  • Identical IPL between NTSC (6102) and PAL (7101)
6103 / 7103 Banjo-Kazooie, Diddy Kong Racing, ... u32@0x08 - 0x100000
  • Identical IPL between NTSC (6103) and PAL (7103)
6105 / 7105 Banjo-Tooie, Perfect Dark, ... u32@0x08
  • Identical IPL between NTSC (6105) and PAL (7105)
  • More complex protection scheme which involves the RSP
6106 / 7106 F-ZeroX, Yoshi's Story, ... u32@0x08 - 0x200000
  • Identical IPL between NTSC (6106) and PAL (7106)
  • Has IPL3_part2 ciphered
  • No junk byte at the end
  • (should have been called 6104, but "4" is the "unlucky" number, so it was renamed to 6106.)
5167 64DD ROM conversion u32@0x08 if u16@0x16 != 0

u32@0x101c if u16@0x16 == 0

8303 64DD IPL Retail (J) u32@0x08
  • Longer game checksum (6xu32)
8401 64DD IPL Dev (J)
8501 ? 64DD IPL Retail (U)
CIC Pinout (16 Pin DIP Package)
N64 Function SM5 Function Number Number SM5 Function N64 Function
VDD VDD Pin 1 Pin 16 VDD VDD
P5:0 Pin 2 Pin 15 P2:0 Data I/O
P5:1 Pin 3 Pin 14 P2:1 Data CLK
P5:2 Pin 4 Pin 13 P2:2 GND
P5:3 Pin 5 Pin 12 P2:3
GND TS:0 Pin 6 Pin 11 CLK CLK
GND TS:1 Pin 7 Pin 10 TIO
GND GND Pin 8 Pin 9 Reset !RESET

The test modes of the CIC are available on most (all?) retail cartridges.

To Enable Test Mode(s)

Pulling TS:0 and/or TS:1 high before power on will place the SM5 controller in one of 3 test modes. (Which test modes and which pin states are unknown) It's also unclear if you can change between test modes while the unit is powered on.

The fourth state is standard usage with TS:0 and TS:1 tied to ground.

It's unknown how slowly you can clock the CIC.

In Test Mode

Which mode is still unclear but the following functionality is available.

Arbitrary Code Execution

Instructions can be set 1 nibble at a time on Port 5 pins, most instructions are 1 byte long so they must be entered 1 nibble at a time then toggle the clock line.

Halt Instruction

The Halt instruction is encoded as 0x77 which is nice because it doesn't matter which nibble you send first. This instruction also has a nice benefit of causing a clear external change, the TIO line defaults to the Clock signal but after the Halt instruction it stops outputting a clock signal.

Stop Instruction

The Stop instruction is encoded as 0x76 which will assist in determining if the high or low nibble should be input first. This instruction also stops the TIO clock upon execution, so we have a clear external indication of success.

Output Data

Port 2 of the CIC can be used to output either the AREG register or the Program Counter (PC), it's unclear at this time if the difference is achieved with different test modes or by modifying internal configuration registers.

NOTE: On power up Port 2 is configured for Input, an internal configuration register must be modified to make it output.

Load Constant into Accumulator LDX

The LDX instuction can be used to populate the AREG with a known value that can be checked on Port 2

Dumping the CIC code

This process is very confusing so it may take some experimentation to work out the exact steps and details, the original document tries to explain but it feels like some details are missing.

Jump Instructions are 2 bytes, the first nibble is the instruction and the following 12 bits are the destination address.

Being in test mode seems to have a side effect on this instruction, inputting only the Jump instruction followed by a zero nibble, the second byte is loaded from the ROM, which is an instruction but is treated as data. The Jump instruction is then executed and the PC can be viewed on Port 2, as well