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June 16, 2019

Harris CD4098BE - dual monostable multivibrator : weekend die-shot

Die size 2421x1939 µm. Harris Semiconductor was acquired by Texas Instruments.

June 12, 2019

Raytheon RC4558N - general-purpose opamp : weekend die-shot

Raytheon RC4558N is a dual general-purpose opamp similar to μA741 with a slight taste of freedom. Packaged in plastic DIP.
Die size 1123x1094 µm.

May 21, 2019

LM747CN - dual general purpose opamp : weekend die-shot

This dual opamp LM747CN had datecode 8852. Manufacturer is unclear. While some 747 designs mention that "two amplifiers share a common bias network" - here we see 2 independent identical mirrored opamps.
Die size 1545x987 µm.

May 10, 2019

MN3102 - RC oscillator and 2-phase BBD driver : weekend die-shot

MN3102 is a dedicated IC which generates a 2-phase low-impedance clock which frequency is set by external RC components. It is designed to drive MN3207 and similar BBD's (bucket-brigade device).
Die size 1491x1391 µm.

April 24, 2019

MN3207 - 1024 stage analog delay line (BBD) : weekend die-shot

MN3207 is an BBD - bucket-brigade device (predecessor of CCD) with 1024 stages used as analog delay line.
Die size 2770x3210 µm.

April 13, 2019
April 7, 2019

Fake audio opamp - Ti NE5532 remarked as AD OP275 : weekend die-shot

This was a weird one. After de-capping Analog Devices OP275 from audio opamp assortment kit I was surprised to see familiar Ti NE5532 die. As it was quite unusual, I de-capped original Ti NE5532 (directly from their e-shop) to confirm that older photo was indeed from genuine part, as well as one more fake OP275 to confirm that there was no mistake.

It looks like someone remarked Ti NE5532 as Analog Devices OP275. Die attach and properties of plastic package also suggest Ti origin of this part.