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The National Museum of American History's Chip Collection consists of individual donations of objects, images and documenation that traces the history of integrated circuits.

The Chip Collection is a continuing work-in-progress concerning a small part of the permanent collection of the Division of Information Technology & Society's Electricity Collections.

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Danko 1998.0191  Danko
NMAH Accession 1998.0191 & NMAH Archive Center #667
Stanislaus (Stan) Francis Danko was instrumental in the development and invention of ŠAUTO-SEMBLY; as well as the designer for flexible circuits, and the solder dipped circuit process. Very early discrete transistors as well as pre and post 1958 technology.


ICE-Integrated Circuit Engineering Corporation 1996.0089, 1996.3017  ICE - Integrated Circuit Engineering Corporation
NMAH Accession 1996.0089, 1996.3017 & NMAH Archive Center #600
A corporate 30 year history during the Cold War of training, consulting expertise, design services, company files, litigation, photogarphy, reverse engineering, construction analysis, cross reference documentation, related patents, and publications of and for the industry at large in the field of integrated circuits and semiconductors.


NCR - National Cash Register 1990.0505  NCR - National Cash Register
NMAH Accession 1990.0505, & NMAH Registrar - Supporting Documentation -
The 5385 (date code 8311F) Small Computer System Interface - SCSI - pronounced scuzzy. A new ANSI Standard protocol chip which enabled such diverse devices as disks, magnetic tapes, printers, and scanners to share a common interface to one or more computer systems that changed the face of computing. A single chip with links to original documents, transcriptions, images, Polaroid photographs of the "white boards" used in the design phase and an NCR corporate story.


C. Marcus Olson 1998.0061  Olson
NMAH Accession 1998.0061   NMAH Registrar - Supporting Documentation -
C. Marcus Olson , of Du Pont 1936 - 1971, has been credited as the discoverer of the process to make silicon really pure - 0.001 percent impurity or less - the basic raw material of which are built the transistor and the integrated circuit and, indirectly, the computer and everything else made from microelectronic elements. This collection of documents has been literally transcribed with links to the originals and Dr. Olson’s single vial of pure silicon.


Schreiner  Schreiner
NMAH Archive Center #692
Don C. Hoefler's Silicon Valley tabloid Microelectronics News, original issues 1975 - 1986.


TI-Texas Instruments 1984.0128, 1987.0487  TI - Texas Instruments
NMAH Accession 1984.0128, 1987.0487 & NMAH Archive Center #692
Lists of objects, documentaion and a variety of photographs. A collection that traces the infancy and growth of integrated circuit technolgy at Texas Instruments.


Chip Talk - old and new vocabulary  Chip Talk
NMAH Reference
Past and present vocabulary used by the industry at large. This reference aid will help you define some outdated acronyms and keep you current in today's language of integrated circuit technology.


Chip Fun - mask alignments, art, logos and initials  Chip Fun
NMAH Invisible Collection
An important though unusual aspect of the history of integrated circuit technology is buried deep inside many chips, we call this chip art. You will discover actual mask alignments, signatures and initials of the designer or perhaps the engineer and the chip fun of those who have left their mark for posterity. Some are satirical quips and some are recognizable cartoon characters we have all become familiar with.


Patents, hundreds of cover graphics
 detailed with abstracts, citations
, inventors and figures  Patents
NMAH Reference Collection
A comprehensive list linking to hundreds of patents with the cover graphic. We have literally transcribed the numbers, names, inventors, filling dates, abstracts, defined figures and citations exactly. This reference will aid you in matching your research to innovation and invention through the developments within integrated circuit technologies.

NOTE: The patent selection list is a very large file, 2MB.
Download time at 28.8 is approximately 2.275 minutes.


People, assembled from this site  People
Website Reference
We have listed personalities on this site represented in the history of integrated circuit technology in a single category to make your research faster. Typically there is a small biographical sketch and an image with related documentation. It is not a definitive list. We will include as many personalities as possible as time permits.


Pictures, assembled from this site  Pictures
Website Reference
This site's refrence pictures, diagrams, x-rays, thumbnail selections, and in some cases actual logbook pages in a single category to make your research faster.
Remember - Copyright fair use rules must be recognized.


STATE OF THE ART- copyright Stan Augarten, Pub.: Ticknor & Fields – New Haven and New York, 1983 - ISBN 0-89919-195-9  STATE OF THE ART  Stan Augarten
Ticknor & Fields, New Haven and New York, 1983 - ISBN 0-89919-195-9
NMAH Reference Collection
One of many pictorial histories relating to the evolution and development of the integrated circuit – most notably the microprocessor. Includes literal transcriptions, actual pages and referenced images. This book is provided for general reference. The National Museum of American History and the Smithsonian Institution make no claims as to the accuracy or completeness of this work.


Numbering System  Numbering System
Website Reference
Defines how the objects and supporting documentation have been numbered. Includes contacts for scheduling appointments or receiving copies of research material.






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