Company: Interdesign, Inc.
Based: Sunnyvale CA.
Founded: 1971 (Aquired by Ferranti in 1977)
Founder: Hans Camenzind
Specialty: Customer designed logic arrays and Integrated Circuits. Designed and manufactured the 555 timer and other semi-custom Monochip analog integrated circuits and gate arrays.
Interdesign Monochip Integrated Circuit Chip Paperweight (1970s)
Item #834 (#903 similar)
Interdesign Inc. was founded by Hans Camenzind who left Signetics in 1971 to form his own IC design company.
Interdesign was one of the first semiconductor companies to focus exclusively on the design and manufacture of semi-custom integrated circuits which they sold under the trade name Monochip.
Interdesign was purchased by Ferranti Semiconductor of the U.K. in late 1977 and merged with Plessey in 1988.
Fourteen sided Lucite paperweight measures 2.75" wide and contains an Interdesign chip in plastic DIP packaging with Interdesign logo stamped on top, no other markings on chip.
Interdesign design your own Monochip Integrated Circuit Chip Paperweight (1970s)
This Lucite paperweight contains an Interdesign Monochip in DIP packaging with the silicon die visible.
Reads "I designed an IC myself on Interdesign's Monochip".
Measures 2" x 2".
In 1975, Interdesign would create a fund to support non-profit groups in need of Custom Integrated Circuit Chips for use in medical electronics, research and education, offering them Interdesign products and support for free. The fund was named after James V. Ball, Interdesign's Vice-President in the mid 1970's.