IBM PowerPC 601 Microprocessor - PPC601
About this Artwork:
This artwork is of a very small section of an IBM PowerPC 601 microprocessor. The image on the front comes from the upper center of the chip where you can see some diagonal lines in the picture of the complete 601 chip below. The lines in the artwork are created by the transistors and traces etched on the chip. The silver balls are solder used to connect the chip to the outside world. When the IBM PowerPC was introduced in 1991 it had 2.8 million transistors. The first microprocessor, the Intel 4004, introduced 20 years prior, had 2,300 transistors. The PowerPC 601 was over 500 times faster and its logic was a thousand times denser. The 90MHz PowerPC 601 in this artwork, upper right, is the one Apple used in its first PowerMac 7200s. This chip came from Apple’s overstock created when the 90MHz PowerMac was discontinued with the introduction of the faster 120MHz PowerMac.
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.
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