Molecular Expressions: The Silicon Zoo

By Ron Enderland December 13, 2007 No Comments   

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I hope you find today’s FamilyFirst site as entertaining and amazing as I did.
The engineers who create computer chips work hard at their trade. And they also have a great deal of pride about what they create. A typical computer chip can have millions of components.
So sometimes they “sign” their work. And when they do, it can be hilarious. But it’s always amazing.
Today’s FamilyFirst pick is called Molecular Expressions: The Silicon Zoo. Here’s their mission:

Our search has led to a new collection of 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 chip masks. The tiny creatures are far too small to be seen with the naked eye, so we have provided high-magnification photomicrographs to share these mysterious wonders with our visitors. Engineers designing modern computer chips have a very rich sense of humor as you will discover when you visit our Silicon Creatures Gallery that we keep corralled in the Silicon Zoo. We hope you enjoy your adventure!

The creatures you’ll see! Elephants, Smurfs, a hawk, hummingbirds, a kiwi, the list goes on and on. Most of them are smaller than the width of a human hair!
Enjoy . . .
http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/creatures/index.html

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