Can-O-Worms

Can-O-Worms

The can of worms illustrated in the digital image presented above is the creation of designer Greg Rohde, who placed the doodle on the Lattice Semiconductor Corporation's popular ispPAC30 integrated circuit to symbolize the numerous problems encountered during the design. Often, these problems required one of the circuit engineers to "open up another can of worms" to solve design problems. The chip contains a total of four programmable gain instrumentation amplifiers, two multiplying digital-to-analog converters, and two configurable output amplifiers with rail-to-rail outputs.

There are two additional doodles on the ispPAC30 integrated circuit. One is a pack rat (general logo for the design team), while the other is a wolf silhouette, which is the signature of Reo Gargovich, the lead designer on this chip.


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