Sunday, October 16, 2005

Hey, who did doodle on my Centrino?

If you think that integrated circuits are just boring pieces of silicon and aluminium (well... they are, indeed, unless you have a microscope), read on: you could have a little MOMA inside your old computer. The layered structure of microchips allows designers to mark their products with a variety of colors and patterns: looking (really) close, it's not uncommon to discover pictures and writings on the surface of a chip, hidden pieces of art, microscopic Easter-eggs testifying that even an engineer's brain has a rive gauche.

Some interesting links: Chipworks (with explanation and galleries); Silicon Zoo.

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