[SIGCIS-Members] Historic chip???
ddouglas at MIT.EDU
Tue Dec 23 08:28:57 PST 2008
Recently the MIT Museum was offered a unique artwork based on an
integrated circuit designed by NMS and currently sold by Agere
Systems (formerly Lucent Microelectronics) as their Ambassador Series
T8100. The original circuit was created by Jonathan Pollack and
Chuck Linton in 1996-97.
The company commissioned an artist to create an enlarged and stylized
version of this chip. The 48" x 44" piece is a glass plate sandwich
that includes many but not all of the layers of the circuit. The
piece is sufficiently interesting visually that I've been thinking
about making the acquisition but am appealing to the thought
collective for suggestions on how to assess the historic significance
of circuits such as this. The company claim is that this HMIC
microchip helped NMS become one of the leading providers of
I would certainly welcome your thoughts and can provide more
information (including a photograph) if interested.
Deborah G. Douglas, Ph.D.
Curator of Science and Technology
MIT Museum, N51-209
265 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
ddouglas at mit.edu • 617-253-1766 phone • 617-253-8994 fax
http://web.mit.edu/museum • http://webmuseum.mit.edu
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