The Cheetah

The Cheetah

We captured this beautiful cheetah racing across the surface of a Hewlett-Packard memory controller integrated circuit. The chip was designed in combination with a very early HP-PA microprocessor that was code named Cheetah and used in the HP-900/750/755 series computers. Cupertino engineer Willy McAllister originally found the image on the cover of the September 1986 IEEE Computer magazine and asked his wife, Monica (a graphics artist), to redraw the image for placement on the chip. The redrawn cheetah was digitized by Dick Vlach, one of HP's top mask designers, and incorporated into the mask--and subsequently onto silicon.


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