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NEC Integrated Circuits

The Nippon Electric Company (NEC) is one of the world's largest manufacturers of microelectronics, personal computers, and peripherals. NEC has manufactured telecommunications equipment for more than a century and is one of the oldest companies in the computer industry, having begun research into transistors in 1950 and into integrated circuits in 1960. In the 1970s, NEC pioneered the emerging integration of computers into communications and created the first digital signal processor in 1980. In 1998, NEC opened the world's most advanced semiconductor research-and-development facility. Since then, NEC has ranked consistently near the top four companies in number of United States patents issued, averaging 1,764 granted each year.

Complete Die Photomicrographs
R10000

Small Die (88k) | Medium Die (172k) | Large Die (245k)

R4400

Small Die (71k) | Medium Die (126k) | Large Die (186k)

V20

Small Die (18k) | Medium Die (35k) | Large Die (62k)

8088

Small Die (86k) | Medium Die (165k) | Large Die (234k)

High Magnification Images

8080 (69K) - Partial die shot of the NEC D8080AF showing a nearly complete pad and bonding wires using oblique illumination with blue and yellow gels.

8088 (77K) - Partial die shot of the NEC D8088 showing the center of the chip and bus connections using oblique illumination with red, blue, and yellow gels.

8088 (88K) - Partial die shot of the NEC D8088 microprocessor showing the body of the chip with bus connections and chip identifier using oblique illumination with blue, red, and yellow gels.

V20 (70K) - Partial die shot of the NEC V20 microprocessor showing thousands of bus connections on the corner of the chip using oblique illumination with blue, red, and yellow gels.

V20 (68K) - Partial die shot of the NEC V20 microprocessor showing the bus connections in the center of the chip using oblique illumination with blue and red gels.


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