2011: I haven't updated this page in some time. I still plan to recode most all of the site and have around 4000 new CPUs to add (yes THAT many) I aqm just waiting until I have the resources (financial and time) to build the site to support it. I added the blog as a way to more easily post research articles and other insight into computer archeology as well as post the occasional interesting chip I come across,
In the last year or so I have received many donatuons from individuals, as well as various IC companies. I am very grateful for those as they greatly have anhanced the museum. In recent months I have sought to aquire samples (often NEW) of modern embedded processors, typically ARM, and MIPS cored, as these are really driving the technology of our age, and while immensely popular, finding them in good shape 'in the wild' is fairly challenging.
I have always been interested in CPUs and collecting
things, so in 1999 I decided to put them together and began collecting
CPUs. I bought some off of eBay, I got many from old boat anchor computers
and many many more were generously donated from people at various forums
around the web. When I had roughly 400 processors I began to scan them
in (front and back) ohhh what a tedious job that was. I now have 1188
(as of 09-13-2004) unique CPUs in the collection, from 66 different
manufactures. They range in speed from 108kHz to 1.7GHz. and span 31
years of computer history.
I've decided to forgo listing specs for every CPU now.
I am going to concentrate on making a reference section for collectors
and others who are interested. I think this is needed more then specs
and is very much interesting and relevant. I will eventually add specs
(though they may come from others). In lew of this I have changed the
specs page to 'reference.' Thats all for now.
Well its a new year and I figured I'd point some things out. First off, wow what a year, The CPU Shack now has over 1700 CPU's. For some reason I decided to do something different and also collect EPROM's. The older type with a window for UV light in them, few people yet collect them so I figured it is a natural progression. The Museum now has almost 300 different EPROM's. Thank you all for the donations.
2007: A new year bring new chips. Currently the CPU market is at a low, kinda like the real esate market, however, I expect a decent rebound this summer. I have had an influx of Intel Engineering Samples which is just amazing. I hope that one of these days Intel becomes a little less harsh about its ES's chips, and allows collectors better access to them. 206 brought record numbers of CPU's to the collection. We gained over one CPU per day for the entire year. 2007 is already on track to be even bigger (mainly because I have so many chips from '06 that didnt get posted yet lol)
In only five years we have grown by almost 1500 CPU's. (not to mention several hundred EPROM's)