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This 22-Year-Old Builds Chips in His Parents’ Garage
Posted by: GGD
Date: January 23, 2022 06:09PM
This was a pretty good article, when you're that young you don't know enough to know something's "impossible", so you just put your mind to it and do it.

He produced a 1200 transistor "wafer" 12 ICs with 100 transistors each.

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With a collection of salvaged and homemade equipment, Zeloof produced a chip with 1,200 transistors. He had sliced up wafers of silicon, patterned them with microscopic designs using ultraviolet light, and dunked them in acid by hand, documenting the process on YouTube and his blog. “Maybe it’s overconfidence, but I have a mentality that another human figured it out, so I can too, even if maybe it takes me longer,” he says.

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Computer chip fabrication is sometimes described as the world’s most difficult and precise manufacturing process. When Zeloof started blogging about his goals for the project, some industry experts emailed to tell him it was impossible. “The reason for doing it was honestly because I thought it would be funny,” he says. “I wanted to make a statement that we should be more careful when we hear that something’s impossible.”

[www.wired.com]
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Re: This 22-Year-Old Builds Chips in His Parents’ Garage
Posted by: mattkime
Date: January 23, 2022 06:38PM
Is he located in Ohio by any chance?



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Re: This 22-Year-Old Builds Chips in His Parents’ Garage
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: January 23, 2022 07:19PM
The university took exception the X-Ray machine in his dorm room... lol

Not to mention he has his own Scanning Electron Microscope , and it only cost $1000. That would be so cool.



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Re: This 22-Year-Old Builds Chips in His Parents’ Garage
Posted by: Carnos Jax
Date: January 23, 2022 07:21PM
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Is he located in Ohio by any chance?

Don’t think he left behind any kids.
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Re: This 22-Year-Old Builds Chips in His Parents’ Garage
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: January 24, 2022 06:21AM
Remember MicroChip13, and the Cray he and some friends bought and refurbished ?
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Re: This 22-Year-Old Builds Chips in His Parents’ Garage
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: January 24, 2022 09:57AM
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cbelt3
Remember MicroChip13, and the Cray he and some friends bought and refurbished ?

He'd be, what, in his late 20's now? When he last posted, he was in his late teens, I think??
Haven't seen him around in ages... not even sure he ever made the transition to the new digs.



Paul F.
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Eureka, CA
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Re: This 22-Year-Old Builds Chips in His Parents’ Garage
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: January 24, 2022 10:10AM
Yeah... he was a nice kid. Very smart. Got a lot of Grandparenting...
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Re: This 22-Year-Old Builds Chips in His Parents’ Garage
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: January 24, 2022 10:33AM
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cbelt3
Yeah... he was a nice kid. Very smart. Got a lot of Grandparenting...

His last post was 13 years ago... [forums.macresource.com]
His last activity was 09/09/2008



Paul F.
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A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer's hand. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca c. 5 BC - 65 AD
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Good is the enemy of Excellent. Talent is not necessary for Excellence.
Persistence is necessary for Excellence. And Persistence is a Decision.

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Eureka, CA
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Re: This 22-Year-Old Builds Chips in His Parents’ Garage
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: January 24, 2022 10:34AM
Was this kids name Anthony Stark by any chance?

I hope this embarrasses some chip makers to get to work building some new fabrication facilities...



Paul F.
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A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer's hand. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca c. 5 BC - 65 AD
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Good is the enemy of Excellent. Talent is not necessary for Excellence.
Persistence is necessary for Excellence. And Persistence is a Decision.

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Eureka, CA
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Re: This 22-Year-Old Builds Chips in His Parents’ Garage
Posted by: GGD
Date: January 24, 2022 11:01AM
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Paul F.
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cbelt3
Yeah... he was a nice kid. Very smart. Got a lot of Grandparenting...

His last post was 13 years ago... [forums.macresource.com]
His last activity was 09/09/2008

He was here a bit longer and as he got older dropped the "13" and became Microchip. Last activity was 7 years ago.

[forums.macresource.com]
[forums.macresource.com]

I met him for lunch in Oct 2011 when he took a break from college to move out to the Bay Area for a year to continue to work for a startup he was working for in Colorado that was being bought out and moved out here. I encouraged him to follow through his plan and complete college, and in his last post he mentions that he did graduate.

I wonder where he ended up.
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Re: This 22-Year-Old Builds Chips in His Parents’ Garage
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: January 24, 2022 11:38AM
That's good to hear!
Be nice if he finds an old Bookmark and stops by to say howdy some day...


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GGD
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Paul F.
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cbelt3
Yeah... he was a nice kid. Very smart. Got a lot of Grandparenting...

His last post was 13 years ago... [forums.macresource.com]
His last activity was 09/09/2008

He was here a bit longer and as he got older dropped the "13" and became Microchip. Last activity was 7 years ago.

[forums.macresource.com]
[forums.macresource.com]

I met him for lunch in Oct 2011 when he took a break from college to move out to the Bay Area for a year to continue to work for a startup he was working for in Colorado that was being bought out and moved out here. I encouraged him to follow through his plan and complete college, and in his last post he mentions that he did graduate.

I wonder where he ended up.



Paul F.
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A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer's hand. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca c. 5 BC - 65 AD
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Good is the enemy of Excellent. Talent is not necessary for Excellence.
Persistence is necessary for Excellence. And Persistence is a Decision.

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Eureka, CA
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Re: This 22-Year-Old Builds Chips in His Parents’ Garage
Posted by: microchip
Date: January 24, 2022 04:15PM
An PM from mattkime sent me an email and I'm here.

Yikes, time flies. Yikes yikes yikes. I've poked around here, obviously haven't posted in a while. But I'm doing well (and still do not own a minivan). Regrettably in my early 30s though. I feel honored to be remembered!
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Re: This 22-Year-Old Builds Chips in His Parents’ Garage
Posted by: mattkime
Date: January 24, 2022 04:32PM
YES :-)

Glad to hear from you!



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Re: This 22-Year-Old Builds Chips in His Parents’ Garage
Posted by: microchip
Date: January 24, 2022 04:42PM
I have always wanted/planned to chime in on the birthday thread to let y’all know I’m still around, but, I always remember many months after…
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Re: This 22-Year-Old Builds Chips in His Parents’ Garage
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: January 24, 2022 04:54PM
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microchip
I have always wanted/planned to chime in on the birthday thread to let y’all know I’m still around, but, I always remember many months after…

C'mon back any time, and stay a while... say howdy...
Our numbers are dwindling, and could use you hanging out!



Paul F.
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A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer's hand. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca c. 5 BC - 65 AD
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Good is the enemy of Excellent. Talent is not necessary for Excellence.
Persistence is necessary for Excellence. And Persistence is a Decision.

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Eureka, CA
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Re: This 22-Year-Old Builds Chips in His Parents’ Garage
Posted by: Speedy
Date: January 24, 2022 05:30PM
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microchip
Regrettably in my early 30s though!

Right, lots of regret - not, at least not from our point of view, as we squint through our tri-vocals.



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.
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Re: This 22-Year-Old Builds Chips in His Parents’ Garage
Posted by: GGD
Date: January 24, 2022 08:34PM
Thanks for popping in to say hi. Can you fill us in on where you wound up and career path? When we first met you when you were 13 I recall you having an interest in building a cell phone. Just wondering if you kept heading in that direction and that turned into a job at Apple on the iPhone team, or working in the Android space.
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Re: This 22-Year-Old Builds Chips in His Parents’ Garage
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: January 24, 2022 08:59PM
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Paul F.
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microchip
I have always wanted/planned to chime in on the birthday thread to let y’all know I’m still around, but, I always remember many months after…

C'mon back any time, and stay a while... say howdy...
Our numbers are dwindling, and could use you hanging out!

Exactly. And maybe your friends, too.



Hurts like a bastid...
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Re: This 22-Year-Old Builds Chips in His Parents’ Garage
Posted by: mattkime
Date: January 24, 2022 09:16PM
I should try to summon Greg next :-)



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Re: This 22-Year-Old Builds Chips in His Parents’ Garage
Posted by: GGD
Date: January 24, 2022 09:55PM
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I should try to summon Greg next :-)

That would be quite a feat. Maybe start off with someone like Black/Black Landlord/h'/ho'ard
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Re: This 22-Year-Old Builds Chips in His Parents’ Garage
Posted by: mattkime
Date: January 25, 2022 07:56AM
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GGD
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I should try to summon Greg next :-)

That would be quite a feat. Maybe start off with someone like Black/Black Landlord/h'/ho'ard

He responded privately to me recently. I’m not sure why he’s keeping a low profile but it seems important to him. I asked him why and he didn’t respond.



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Re: This 22-Year-Old Builds Chips in His Parents’ Garage
Posted by: GGD
Date: January 25, 2022 10:33AM
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I should try to summon Greg next :-)

That would be quite a feat. Maybe start off with someone like Black/Black Landlord/h'/ho'ard

He responded privately to me recently. I’m not sure why he’s keeping a low profile but it seems important to him. I asked him why and he didn’t respond.

Are you talking about Greg or Black? Unless I misunderstood something several years ago, Greg went to that other forum that Minty hangs out at and won't be returning. Black seemed to leave because he didn't like the quality of answers to his problems here, at least that seemed to be something he would complain about before he disappeared.
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Re: This 22-Year-Old Builds Chips in His Parents’ Garage
Posted by: mattkime
Date: January 25, 2022 10:58AM
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GGD
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mattkime
I should try to summon Greg next :-)

That would be quite a feat. Maybe start off with someone like Black/Black Landlord/h'/ho'ard

He responded privately to me recently. I’m not sure why he’s keeping a low profile but it seems important to him. I asked him why and he didn’t respond.

Are you talking about Greg or Black? Unless I misunderstood something several years ago, Greg went to that other forum that Minty hangs out at and won't be returning. Black seemed to leave because he didn't like the quality of answers to his problems here, at least that seemed to be something he would complain about before he disappeared.

Greg the dogsitter passed away a few years ago. Maybe there was another Greg too? Anyway, I was making a joke. I heard from Black.



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