from: Richard Anderson, July 29, 2011
I came across your web site with the chip art collection and having seen some of these over the years was fascinated. On page 4 you have an image titled “cowgirl/cowboy” – I think it was really intended to be a confederate and/or southern military officer as it appeared on numerous chips from a company by the name of Silicon General.
Editor's note: this has proven to be correct - the top right image has been re-identified.
I was looking
at 'The Chip Collection' of 'Chip Art' on your website, specifically
page four (4). You have a picture labeled "Concord" from Advanced
Micro Devices. However, despite the flag, I'm quite sure the aircraft
pictured is actually a XB-70 Valkyrie, an experimental Mach 3 strategic
bomber. The giveaways include the canard flaps (little wings just
behind the cockpit - The Concorde didn't have them), the location
of the exhausts (centered at the rear, while the Concorde's were
underneath the wings, outboard), and the intake just under the leading
edge of the wings (again, the Concorde didn't have that lump).
you for your time, Ian Stedman
In 1996 after discovering the chip art within the Integrated Circuit
Engineering Collection presented on our Chip Site we began searching
our accumulated collection of exposed chips while collaborating
with Michael W. Davidson, Ph.D. - Florida State University's Optical
Microscopy at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory .
Several Smithsonian collected chips have been identified and professionally
photographed by Dr. Davidson and his students over the years. This
collaboration is an ongoing collection of high resolution photomicrographs
(photographs taken through a microscope) featuring many of
the interesting silicon creatures and other doodling scribbled onto
integrated circuits by engineers when they were designing computer
The majority of chip art photographed by Dr. Davidson remain part
of the University's in-house collection. We wish to thank Dr. Davidson
for his continuing efforts in assisting the Smithsonian with our
own collection of hidden artwork we never knew existed.