The Intel 1101 - The First MOS Memory Chip


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About this Artwork

When the Intel 1101 was introduced in 1969, 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. The 1101 memory used miniature semiconductor transistors in place of the bulky magnetic cores. The Intel 1101 chip was made with Medal-Oxide Semiconductor Field Effect Transistors, or MOSFETs, shortened to just MOS. The 256-bit 1101 is based on an 8x8 matrix of positive channel MOS (PMOS) transistors. Although successful, its price point did not allow it to effectively compete with magnetic core memory.

This artwork includes 3 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 1101. Also, the artwork includes an Intel 1101 (P1101A, 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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