Oberon: Scourge of the Atlantic

Oberon: Scourge of the Atlantic

This ominous-looking skull with a jester's hat was discovered on an IBM-Siemens 64 Mbit DRAM integrated circuit. Entitled "Oberon: Scourge of the Atlantic", the icon signifies the project code name for this 64-Mbit DRAM integrated circuit. Our research failed to yield clues to the identity of Oberon. The name is used for a programming language and operating environment designed to teach computer programming. Oberon is also one of the five moons of Uranus, and the king of the fairies in medieval folk lore.

The chip containing this artwork was loaned to us by Chipworks, a company that is an international provider of reverse engineering services, analyzing the circuitry and physical composition of semiconductor chips and electronics systems for competitive study, intellectual property support, and reliability assurance.


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