Integrated Circuit, Very High Speed (VHSIC)


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 is an example of an integrated circuit that was produced as a result of a U.S. Air Force sponsored program, ca. mid-1980s. The program was intended to produce circuits for aerospace applications, which both switched at high speeds and also were resistant to radiation, either cosmic as might be encountered by a satellite in space, or man-made as a result of electromagnetic pulse (EMP) from a nuclear explosion.

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


Credit Line

Gift of Honeywell, Inc.


Various materials, possibly Silicon, Gallium Arsenide, Sapphire, ceramic or plastic package.


Overall: 3/8 in. tall x 2 1/2 in. wide x 1 1/2 in. deep (1 x 6.4 x 3.8cm)

Country of Origin

United States of America



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