Made in Texas

Made in Texas

This silicon rendition of a Texas Rangers badge with the inscription "Made in Texas" was discovered near the pad ring of an integrated circuit. Apparently this chip, designed and fabricated by Dallas Semiconducor, was made in the great state of Texas. Note the jagged edge of the chip where it was cut from a wafer with a diamond saw.

This silicon artwork appears on a Dallas Semiconductor single-chip T1 transceiver integrated circuit that also features the Good Die Fuse and Mr. T doodles. The chip contains all the necessary functions for connection to T1 lines for both long and short haul line interfaces.

The chip containing this artwork was loaned to us by Chipworks, a company that is an international provider of reverse engineering services, analyzing the circuitry and physical composition of semiconductor chips and electronics systems for competitive study, intellectual property support, and reliability assurance.


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