Chips (the bottom of the bag)   Leave a comment

We’ve gone through most of the early examples of ICs (although we still have quite a few that we haven’t decapsulated yet), so this post is for a few more ‘modern’ ICs. The first is a TI DSP from 1986, and many of the features appear identical to what we have seen on the early ICs- only at a smaller scale. The second chip is a 32 Gb Flash RAM from Samsung manufactured in 2008 using a 32nm process, and this appears completely unrelated to the memory chips we have shown so far- the actual gates are below the resolution limit of optical microscopy, and so identifying specific features is no longer possible (except at more macro-scale items like memory blocks, etc.)

This will likely be the last chipset for a while- now that the weather is nicer, we prefer to image things outside! We have been re-visiting the Virgo supercluster and will post images of that as they become available.

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