View Full Version : Pics in your Microchips?!?!?!
10-14-2002, 10:47 PM
Check this out guys!!! this is freaking awsome!! these are a collection of pictures that microchip makers put into their chips!! it's freaking awsome!
Linky link link (http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/creatures/index.html)
10-14-2002, 11:40 PM
why'd they do that?
Originally posted by sleepminded
why'd they do that? Because they can. And likely its fun.
10-15-2002, 07:12 AM
so, which chips have that?
and errr...couldn't this also help in keeping shady retailers from falsifying the actual speed of the chip? (selling lower speed cpu's at higher speeds after oc'ing)?
10-15-2002, 07:21 AM
I took a class in VLSI design waaaaay back in 1994 (gasp!) and I designed a simple 8-bit microprocessor. The class was built on many other digitial design classes I had taken before, so this processor was already on my drawing board when I took the class. It had 16 different commands, 32 8-bit memory registers (or 16 double-wide ones), and pinouts for an Intel external I/O chip. It had a really simple single-thread execution architecture and I designed it to work at 100Mhz (the 1.6 micron silicon process I was using would give me at least 100Mhz after testing). I was able to get 126 Mhz in simulation testing, but I'd have to test the samples I got back to see what I could get out of the finished product.
After the whole thing was laid out onto a pre-packaged pin-layout (with protection diodes), I found I had acres of room to put stuff so I put my name, my instructor's name, the class, my school name & seal, etc. I didn't have a whole lot of time before I had to submit it to the NSF for it to be built so I couldn't be too elaborate (I also had to do it pixel-by-pixel like MS Paint).
I got it back and I had to test it about 10 months later - it worked great and I was able to test it's peak operating frequency at 124Mhz. I have to admit that was my first time I ever OC'd anything... you always remember that first time, don't you? :P
10-15-2002, 07:54 AM
that is VERY cool.
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