X-Ray Large-Format Kindergarten.

Below is the output of a new test-fire of the PCB radiography system, this time using FujiFilm “Super HR-T Medium Speed” (25×20 cm) film in place of the earlier self-developing dental Eco-30. However, the time has not yet come to molest the MacIvory — first, we must characterize the film and the pertinent chemistry. This […]

X-Ray Microscopy of Symbolics "Ivory" CPUs.

I currently have three Symbolics MacIvory CPUs. (Do you, reader, have one to sell? Please leave a comment!) One is currently installed in a working machine and was not yet molested; the two remaining chips, I obtained in 2017 by bartering away a Symbolics 3620. At some point I will cut one or more of […]

X-Ray Spectrography Kindergarten.

This article is a continuation of “X-Ray Microscopy Kindergarten.”. Preliminary experiment with multi-energy x-ray (colour channel combination), distinguishing materials by absorption at different wavelengths. The tube appears to exhibit some “heel effect” at the longer wavelengths. Exposure: 75 sec. @ 35kV, 21kV, 20kV (R, G, B) film: “Eco-30”.

X-Ray Stereography Kindergarten.

This article is a continuation of “X-Ray Microscopy Kindergarten.”. Here, we see a stereo pair (approx. +/- 25 deg. one-axis rotation of the object from the horizontal plane, while film is stationary) of the device from before. The vias are clearly distinguishable. Exposure: 70 sec. @ 34kV; 0.3mA + 2x beam spread; film: “Eco-30”.

X-Ray Microscopy Kindergarten.

This article is a continuation of “PCB Radiography Kindergarten, Continued.”. The radiography system is equipped with a “microfocus” tube, and its beam has a 30 degree spread cone. So we can get a look at that very same FG TRNG XC9572 CPLD seen earlier, but with 2x magnification: Click for full resolution (Warning: 7MB) This […]

PCB Radiography Kindergarten, Continued.

This article is a continuation of “PCB Radiography Kindergarten”. This was a second test-fire of that radiography system, using yet-another board where I already know where everything is (on account of having designed it.) This time, the victim is a FG TRNG Mainboard: Click for full resolution (Warning: 16MB) For comparison, a visible-light photograph of […]

PCB Radiography Kindergarten.

Below is the result of test-firing a newly-installed miniature PCB radiography system. The victim is a standard FG TRNG Analogue Unit: Click for full resolution (Warning: 14MB) Detail of left op amp, with bonding whiskers visible: The substrate, aluminum RF shield frame, SMT contacts, vias, and the two layers of the PCB are clearly distinguishable. […]

Lost Technology: The PQ3QI-01 Sunlight-Readable Display.

In the last quarter of the previous year, I got hold of a virginal (sealed OEM-crate) PQ3QI-01 sunlight-viewable LCD panel (and, after several unsuccessful attempts — an old box where it fits.) These marvels are long out of print but apparently still available, somehow, from the Chinese, at around 100 $ per. If the backlight […]

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A Solid-State HDD for Symbolics "MacIvory" Lisp Machines.

This post concerns the “MacIvory” Model 3 Lisp Machine. It is of interest strictly to bolixologists. This is a recipe for a working replacement of an ancient SCSI HDD, such as found in the MacIvory, with an inexpensive solid-state disk. You will need: A “SCSI2SD” device. Mine is a model 6, but older units may […]

Symbolics "MacIvory": PCB Photographs.

This post concerns the “MacIvory” Model 3 Lisp Machine. It is of interest strictly to bolixologists. Click on a photo to see detailed version. Machine chassis: The Ivory NuBus Board Set (i.e. the LispM itself, the Mac Quadra is otherwise ordinary): “Ivory” NuBus board, component-side: What’s under the labels? Bolix Label Part Notes 115999-B PLUS20L8 […]