Strange ICs on eBay

dwight dkelvey at
Sat Jun 11 14:25:31 CDT 2016

I doubt there is that much gold in them to cover

purchase price and shipping. The gold used in these

is really thin.


From: cctalk <cctalk-bounces at> on behalf of Ali <cctalk at>
Sent: Saturday, June 11, 2016 12:16:47 PM
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Subject: RE: Strange ICs on eBay

> > Just wondering if anyone knows what these chips are for/from/etc.
> >
> > Interesting look to them. I would say EPROM but the magnifying window
> is weird...
> Those look like "starburst" displays:
> The window is indeed a magnifying lens. I ass-u-me that LED technology
> was still a bit naff back in the 1970s and it was more practical to
> optically enlarge the segments than make a chip with physically larger
> segments. This compromise produced an odd visual effect, which is
> likely why it's not done any more.

Thanks to everyone who replied. I had never seen those before. There seems
to be a bid on them already so hopefully it is someone who want the display
and not the "gold".


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