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 Post subject: Board/Chip Art
PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:42 pm 

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Lost,

I have a few others, and some questions.

I googled board art, IC art, PCBD art etc. Most all of what I came up with was "how to make a PCBD" layout etc.

Here are some pictures of what I have. Maybe you could help me out?


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File comment: Here you can see the gold pins that provide for continuity between the two boards. Nice looking boards, so in the collection they went in some nice ESD safe material. Anyway, thanks for looking and commenting.
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File comment: This is one side of the other board. They are connected via three gold pin headers, no ribbon wire attachment.
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File comment: The computer body/chassis was pretty beat up, the leads for the battery, corroded to the point of uselessness. No battery, no power transformer. The boards are in decent shape, so I salvaged those.
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File comment: This is from an old HP 75C personal computer. There is a kangaroo and in gold, a lock and key near the two blue electrolytic capacitors. Is this board art?
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File comment: I'm really not sure what this is supposed to be. Is it board art? Between the two letters, it sort of looks like the Millennium Falcon? But I believe the lil PC came out before the movie. Seattle Space Needle? While I have other boards from this mfgr and date range, only one other has the "art" or maker's mark?
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File comment: Motorcycle helmet. Sadly, we left this board barren. I know, we shouldn't have, but we did. Lesson learned...
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File comment: Speed Racer's car?
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File comment: Looks like Speed Racer from the old Japanese cartoon from the '70s?
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File comment: Speed Racer again? Any idea who he's supposed to be?
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 Post subject: Re: Board/Chip Art
PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2019 4:27 pm 
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The first to aren’t anything falling into the field. But from then on. A kangaroo?
The compaq... that’s perfection!
It’s a formula/indi car!!
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That’s really kool!
As a seasoned collector (I have ones like that) that’s where you start getting bids. $5-$15.
But the best ones are the anti-competition one. When the k5 and k6 cpus proved to out benchmark pentium series chips... a few prototype boards from AMD had true (pointless) etching that spelled out “I 5-9 what?”
The cpu wiki and computer history museum have some images of other cool ones. Like from the graphics card wars of the 90s.
IBM did some bashing in the late 80s and 90s with their RISC architecture chips. One demo chip I’ve seen, when under microscope, has a useless layout like an X through a windows logo. Obviously a mock-up and not a production design but being in house, shows how mad ibm was over OS/2 agreements.
I’ll dig in a bit online to find some of the better, more expensive examples.

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 Post subject: Re: Board/Chip Art
PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2019 4:40 pm 
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The second one, is fairly common. Labyrinth, munch-man (the I’m not pac-man clone), and breakout are seen a lot in the early 90s

The other one is a bit of an internet urban legend that has never been truly debunked, if it was a usable board design or someone’s etch project for art class.


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 Post subject: Re: Board/Chip Art
PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2019 4:47 pm 
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another kool one


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