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How many computer component manufactures does it take to make on piece of art?

The answer (to date) for a new project using my oldest boards, is Seventy-Four. So for now, that’s what I’ll call it. I cheated a little on this one as there were a few parts found on the internet.

Here is the list so far:  Altera, AMD, AMP, Apple, ATI, AVASEM, Goldstar, Broadcom, hynix, CAYMAN Systems, Clearpoint Research Corporation, Cubig, CXO, Cypress, Dallas Semiconductor, DCME, Dell, Digital, Fairchild, FARADAY, FUJI, Fujitsu, Gold Star, Harris, Hatachi, Hyundia, Hughes Aircraft Corp., IBM, IDT, Inmos, Intel, ISSI, JVC, Titania, Solare, Krycon, L.A. Components, LG. Phillips, Lucent, Magic Silicon, micro COMOS, Microchip Microcontroller, Micron Technology, MT, Mosys, Motorola, National Semiconductor, Nvidia, OKI, Palace, Panasonic, Paradise, Phillips, Quantum, Samsung, SEC, Seagate, Siemans, Silicon Logic, Silicon Graphics, Sparten, Sprague, STMicroelectroincs, Sun, TECHRAM, Texas Instruments, Titania, Solare, RVS, TL, Toshiba, Unigen, Univac, Western Digital Corp. (still looking for something from Cisco and CRAY)

There are a few components who’s logo I’ve not been able to track down yet. If the circuit board was mounted with the smooth side up, I moved some of the chips from the component side to the back for display, because after all they do belong to the circuit board. For the first time, I’ve wanted the company’s names to show up.  The thinking behind this is simple, if I can create the opportunity for an art event to happen in Silicon Valley, it would be fun to invite a representative from each of the companies listed above.

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2 Comments

  1. Joyce, I am talking to everyone I know about your exhibit, including my step-daughter, whose husband just retired from Fed-Ex after a career as a computer programmer in Denver and Memphis. They will really enjoy your art and your website. What you’ve done is so amazing!!! Thank you (and your husband) for all the years you’ve devoted to this project and for bringing it to Greenwood. I am the woman who was at the library the day you were putting the exhibit up and the following day when the two men who had been at The Social for lunch were there too. I just wish I had some understanding of what computers are all about.

  2. A great link to the makers of the Core Memory (last two pictures) that arrived a few weeks ago from Berlin:
    http://www.dublincity.ie/image/libraries/057-core-memories

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