Company: General Instrument
Based: Horsham, Pennsylvania
Founded: 1939 (spun off as Microchip Technology in 1987)
Founder: Milton Jerrold Shapp
Specialty: .Manufacturer of LSI circuits and a pioneer in MOS technology, with both off-the-shelf and custom circuits. manufacturer of diodes, transistors, and logic chips including: 16-bit Microprocessor: CP1600 and 1610, a 16-bit CPU, used in the GIMINI TV-game set and in Mattel's Intellivision, 8-bit Microcontroller the PIC1650, an NMOS chip. The CMOS version of this chip is the basis of today's PIC microcontrollers. ROM chips for Apple II and other early home computers, Electrically Alterable ROM (EAROM) chips, and Telecommunications chips and cable tv chips for their Jerrold brand of electronic devices.
General Instrument Apple II ROM Chip Paperweight (1987)
General Instrument was one of a few semiconductor manufacturers who made ROM chips to supply to Apple Computer for use in their Apple II and II+ models of home computers during the late 1970's and 1980's.
This Lucite paperweight contains a General Instrument 2kB D0 Programmer's Aid, masked 2316, ROM chip used in the Apple II and Apple II+ home computers.
Chips is marked with Apple part # 341-0016-00, with a datecode of 1981.