Darkfire - ECL MC358A Logic Chip


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About this Artwork:

You are looking at a picture of one of the very first computer chips. The actual chip is in the upper right corner, and it's over fifty years old. This was a chip that could only store 1-bit. The picture to the right shows an x-ray picture of the chip. The "chip" that you see is actually the package for the true chip. The silicon computer chip is attached to a Header and covered by the Can, so you can't see it. It is protected in the package and is connected to the outside world with Interconnect Wires that attach the chip's pads to the Leads that allow the package to be plugged into a circuit board. This MC358A chip was made by Motorola. The 358 chip contains a simple circuit called a J-K Flip-Flop. Flip-Flops consisted of a couple of transistors and had the ability to pass a bit of information around its circuit, so in effect, it was a storage device. In fact, Flip-Flops were the basis of the memory chips to come.


The artwork is framed in an 8"x 8" 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.

Please note:  The look of the artifacts in the artworks may vary, each piece is unique.