Fast Math Path

Fast Math Path

We discovered this hummingbird on the corner of a BIT math coprocessor made in 1988. This is the second hummingbird that we have found on a computer chip, the first one being located on the Hewlett-Packard 7100LC PA-RISC "hummingbird" microprocessor. Alongside the hummingbird is the term "Fast Math Path", which we assume indicates the chip is a speedy math coprocessor.

This photomicrograph was obtained from a chip housed in the Smithsonian Institution integrated circuit collection (Catalog number: 8983.882.1988).


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