Intel 1702 - World's First EPROM - Gargoyle - C1702A


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About this Artwork:

This artwork was created by micro-photographing a small section of the 1702 EPROM computer chip. To the bottom is an image of the 1702 chip. The yellow box indicates where the picture was taken. I have titled the artwork Gargoyle for its dark primitive look. The Intel 1702 is the world’s first EPROM (Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory). In the early 70’s, before DVD’s, CD’s, hard disks, and even diskettes, programmers had a real challenge in storing data in small computers when they were turned off. RAM (Random Access Memory) chips were great for storing information, but all bits were reset to zero when the power was turned off. At that time, data and programs were stored on ROMs (Read Only Memory) chips that had to be created in chip making factories. If the data or program needed to be changed, a new chip would have to be ordered, which could take months for delivery. EPROM’s can be programmed electronically to any bit pattern and they will hold those patterns for 30 plus years. However, when strong UV (Ultraviolet) light is shined on the chip, the bits are reset to zero, with no factory involvement at all. These are 2048 bit EPROMS organized (a tiny fraction by today’s standards). These chips were used in some of the earliest computers that used the Intel 4004, 8008, and 8080 microprocessors.


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.