Memory Chips - The Early Intel Memory Chips


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About this Artwork

This artwork is a mixed media display celebrating Intel's most important memory chips the 3101, 1101, and 1103. Intel created the world's first solid-state memory chips. Prior to the 3101, computer memory was primarily based on a technology called magnetic core memory. Core memory consisted of wire matrices with tiny iron doughnuts that could be magnetized. Solid-state memory used miniature semiconductor transistors in place of the bulky magnetic cores. Solid-state memory brought greater speed, less maintenance, less bulk, and less heat to computers. The only downside to solid-state memory is that the bits were lost when power was turned off. Both core and solid-state memory were called random access memory because any bit could be selected to read or write.

This artwork includes 5 major items. It has a large image of an Intel 1101 chip. On the back are the artist’s signature and a narrative describing the artwork and the 3101, 1101, and 1103. Also, the artwork includes an Intel 3101 (P3101A, black), an Intel 1101 chip (P1101A, gray, gold leads), and an Intel (P1103, gray).


    The artwork is framed in an 11"x 14" black shadow box frame, with glass. All framing materials are acid-free. A narrative about the artwork that includes the artist’s signature is placed on the back of the artwork.

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