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During the late 1970s NCR had a chip fab located near Dayton, Ohio, the original home of the Wright brothers. NCR engineers drew a miniature replica of the airplane that the brothers flew in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina and placed this rendition on one of their RAM chips. See if you can pick it out as we zoom the magnification on this RAM chip.

NCR RAM Chip at 10x Magnification

NCR RAM Chip at 60x Magnification

NCR RAM Chip at 200x Magnification

The digital images presented above were captured using the oblique illuminator built into the microscope head with the assistance of a Dolan-Jenner Model 180 fiber optics illuminator using a 150 watt projection lamp. The light pipes of the illuminator were placed at approximately a 45-degree angle with respect to the optical axis of the microscope and were positioned to evenly illuminate the specimen. In many cases, colored gels were placed into filter holders and attached to the front of the light pipes to add color to the chip surfaces. A 2-inch square section of black paper was placed over the diffusion filter on the stage of the microscope to avoid any glare from transmitted illumination.


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