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Winner, Name that Ware June 2019

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

The ware for June 2019 is a Mitsubishi Volume Pro 500. Gratz to Jean for guessing it, email me for your prize! It’s a neat if not obscure bit of computing history.

Name that Ware, June 2019

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

The Ware for June 2019 is shown below.

I found this particular detail to be entertaining:

Some of the RAM chips have this tiny, thin PCB wrapping around three sides. That must have been a fun assembly process to develop and debug.

Thanks again to Patricio Worthalter for contributing this ware!

Winner, Name that Ware May 2019

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

The Ware for May 2019 is a contact image sensor from an HP multifunction print/scanner. Congrats to jackw01 for nailing this one, email me for your prize! The array of tall, thin rectangles along the bottom of the die is the actual image sensing elements, and the circuitry immediately above it is fully covered with a metal shield to prevent misdirected incident light from affecting its operation.

Below is a slightly larger contextual image of the die, which clearly shows its unusual (long and thin) aspect ratio.

In addition to about a dozen of these image sensors, the same board is paired with a couple of other wirebonded chips. One is a pretty run-of-the-mill looking driver or deserializer chip, and the other is some TI chip codenamed “Dasher” which features a mesh structure in its top metal layer. The mesh looks similar to an anti-tamper mesh, so I’m guessing there is some magic inside that HP was looking to protect from would-be cloners. I thought about making the die shots below the feature for last month’s Name That Ware, but decided it would be a bit too hard to guess, as googling for SN67013 returns quite a red herring, a speech controller chip by an unrelated company.

Name that Ware May 2019

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

The Ware for May 2019 is shown below.

It’s always tough to calibrate how much of a chip to show to make it identifiable, but not too easy to guess at the same time. Let’s see how this one goes…

Winner, Name that Ware April 2019

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

The Ware for April 2019 is a roto-molding machine. I’ve seen these machines in various sizes, but this is by far the biggest one I’ve seen to date. It’s used to mold furniture-sized objects. One thing that you don’t get from just watching an animated GIF is feeling the sheer amount of heat coming from the machine. The whole assembly is shoved into a gas furnace and heated so that the plastic is molten, and then taken out to cool over a period of 30-45 minutes, so it can get quite hot around the molds as they cool. Adi guessed this one right away, congrats and email me for your prize!