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IBM 486 SLC Microprocessor

This late 1980s-era microprocessor has some unusual mask features when compared to other integrated circuits of the period. We have used the QX3 microscope with reflected light to digitally image the surface of this chip.

IBM 486 SLC Microprocessor at 60x Magnification

IBM 486 SLC Microprocessor at 200x Magnification

IBM 486 SLC Microprocessor at 200x Magnification

The digital images presented above were captured using the oblique illuminator built into the microscope head with the assistance of a Dolan-Jenner Model 180 fiber optics illuminator using a 150 watt projection lamp. The light pipes of the illuminator were placed at approximately a 45-degree angle with respect to the optical axis of the microscope and were positioned to evenly illuminate the specimen. In many cases, colored gels were placed into filter holders and attached to the front of the light pipes to add color to the chip surfaces. A 2-inch square section of black paper was placed over the diffusion filter on the stage of the microscope to avoid any glare from transmitted illumination.

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