Resources for Computer Chip Collectors
& High-Tech Advertising Memorabilia Collectors
Vintage High-Tech Gift Catalogs
Our database of vintage company gift catalogs featuring logo merchandise from Intel, Apple, IBM, and others. Items include CPU computer chip Jewelry, keychains, paperweights, toys, apparel, executive gifts and more...
Researching Vintage Computer & High-Tech Memorabilia
In this section we share tips on how to use the internet to research your Vintage Computer & Electronics related memorabilia pieces to help with determining their age and historical significance. Reference Information on Semiconductor logos, IC package types & date codes.
The Collectors Guide to Vintage Intel Microchips (2007)
This is the 1300 page book by George M. Phillips Jr. that covers in detail many different vintage Intel Microprocessors and memory chips from the 1960's and 70's, including the Intel 4004, 8008, 8080 and 8086 chips. (free PDF download).
Computer Technology Timeline
Explore the history of Computer Technology from the Vacuum tube to the Integrated Circuit, find out how the technology behind the computer's "brain" has evolved over the years! Each section features examples of real technology components from our Chip Memorabilia collection.
Intel vintage chip product numbering guide
Find out useful specifications of your vintage Intel chips using the letter codes stamped on them.
Integrated Circuit Package Types
Information on the wide range of packaging types & materials used in IC's, CPU's and Transistors.
All about Lucite & Embedments
All about this amazing material and how it is hand made into memorabilia pieces that showcase embedded objects such as computer CPU's & electronic components.
Making you own Resin Cast Items
Here we will introduce you to the hobby craft of making your own Acrylic resin items (Paperweights, Keychains) using casting resin and molds. Inside you can embed items such as CPU's, loose computer chips or electronic components.
Normal Care & Restoration of Acrylic & Lucite Collectible Memorabilia
This how-to guide will assist you in restoring your favorite Lucite Keychain or Paperweight back to its original beauty! We also discuss normal care that will keep your Acrylic items protected and help maintain their brilliance.
Exploring Computer Chips "Close up" with a Microscope
Here we discuss using Microscopes to explore your computer chips "Close up" under microscopic magnification. You will see examples of magnified images of CPU computer chips from a some of the memorabilia items in our collection using an Intel Play microscope.
Photographing Computer Chips
Information on photographing Integrated Circuits and silicon wafers using lighting techniques to help bring out a chip's "rainbow of colors".
Intel Play QX3 & Digital Blue QX5 USB Microscopes (info, users manuals & drivers)
In this section we cover the Intel Play QX3, Digital Blue QX5, and other affordable digital microscopes that you can connect to your Windows PC or Laptop. Here you will find the supporting software, drivers, activity guides & users manuals.
Using the Intel Play USB Microscope with an Apple Computer
Here is the procedure on how to connect the Intel, Celestron, & other Digital USB microscopes to an Apple Computer via the USB port and pre-installed Apple MAC OS imaging programs.
Our Vintage Computer & Chip related Memorabilia items "For Sale"
We occasionally offer some of our items for sale on Ebay. Our Ebay ID is "CHIPS-ETC".
What is Computer Collectible Memorabilia worth?
What drives the value of Vintage computer and high-tech memorabilia.
Vintage Semiconductor Data Books
We have a large selection of Vintage Semiconductor, Transistor, Microprocessor, Memory and Integrated Circuit Data Books for sale from numerous manufacturers including Intel, AMD, Fairchild, Signetics, PMI, RCA, Motorola, Zilog & others.
Computer Chip Memorabilia Collections & Collectors
We've gathered together some interesting articles from all around the world that have been written about Collectors of Computer related Memorabilia & Vintage Computer Chips, with profiles of a few well known collectors and what got them started.
Gold Value in CPU's, Computer Chips and Electronics
Information on the semiconductor industry's usage of Gold in computer chip packaging and what to look for before sending a potentially valuable collector's chip to the metal recyclers.
Valuable Precious Metals used to make computers
Besides Gold, there are numerous other valuable metals found inside computers & electronics. Here's a list of precious metals and where they are commonly used inside of computer components, as well as information on all the chemical elements used in the manufacture of computers & electronics.
Jewelry & Art made from Computer Chips & Electronics
Here's some folks who create one of a kind, handmade Jewelry and Artwork from recycled Vintage computer chips and electronic components.
Friends of ChipsEtc.com that share similar interests in Vintage computer chip, transistor & semiconductor memorabilia collecting. If you have a website to add to our list then request a link.
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AMS AMD Amdahl Analog Devices Apple Atari ATI AT&T Bell Labs
Burroughs Canon Control Data Cray Cyrix Data General DEC Destron Fearing
ESI Fujitsu GE GM GTE Hitachi Honeywell HP Hughes IBM Intel
Interdesign ITT LSI Memorex Micron Microvision MIT Mitsubishi Motorola
NAPA ECHLIN National Semi NCR NEC MBS NorthStar Computers Nvidia
OKI Electric Panasonic PHILCO Pixim PMI RCA Remington Rand Samsung
SGS-Thomson Signetics Sony Sperry STMicroelectronics Sun Microsystems
Sylvania Tandem Computers Texas Instruments Toshiba Tung-Sol TSMC
UNIVAC Wavesat Western Electric WYSE Etc.