[clug] DIY chips. Yes, that's a Silicon Fab in his garage.
sjenkin at canb.auug.org.au
Tue Jun 14 21:43:36 UTC 2022
This guy, Sam, built his first 6-transistor device in 2018, when he was 18, in last year of high-school.
He’s in 4th year Uni and has now built a working 100-transistor device.
He’s bought & repaired old test equipment and made his own equipment.
Doesn’t bother with a clean-room - all done on ’the workbench’.
Isn’t a production line, very definitely a hobby or “technology demonstration” - but proves that DIY _are_ possible.
He’s obviously thought about what goes into the chips and what they can be used for, before doing the design.
Kinda comparable with Fairchild circa 1960, but he can buy lots of the high purity things he needs, including 200mm wafers.
Props to Sam for doing what was thought impossible.
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WIRED article - paywalled, open in a private browser window
This 22-Year-Old Builds Chips in His Parents’ Garage
Sam Zeloof combines 1970s-era machines with homemade designs. His creations show what’s possible for small-scale silicon tinkerers.
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