Integrated Circuit, SETI


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

This silicon integrated circuit was used in a special purpose supercomputer that searched for evidence of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe. The computer was connected to a radio receiver that scaned the electromagnetic spectrum rapidly. The chip processed the received signals to search for patterns that might stand out amidst the background noise.

The NASA Ames Research Center, in Mountain View, California, developed this chip in cooperation weith the SETI Institute.

Gift of the SETI Institute and Silicon Engines, Inc.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum


Stanford University

Credit Line

Gift of the SETI Institute and Silicon Engines, Inc.


  • Synthetic
  • Copper Alloy
  • Coating


3-D: 3.8 × 0.5 × 3.8cm (1 1/2 × 3/16 × 1 1/2 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America



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