The Shepherd

The Shepherd

We've finally found some silicon artwork on an Intel chip--the first we have ever seen! This shepherd was discovered tending a two-headed ram on the Intel 8207, a dual-port RAM controller chip used in the early 80x86 era. According to Intel chip designer Robert Stear, the chip was designed and manufactured in the Haifa plant in the early 1980s. Regarding the significance of these doodles, we assume the shepherd represents a "controller" and the two-headed ram symbolizes dual-ported RAM circuitry.


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