Storing my cpu's chips and boards...
At the moment I have over 2000
cpu's and chips in my collection, and nearly 700 pieces for trade! It's not really
easy to find a secure storage where you
can also have a look on the parts. So I decided to build a 2 meter
long shelf with four levels, and each level with 2
section is covered with anti-static mats to save the sensitive
chips. The whole shelf is also lighted by
diffuse 6mm neon tubes. I think this idea was the easiest and
cheapest way between safety and looking.
But no advantage without a disadvantage. The biggest problem is the dust! With
a static feather
duster you can't work near static sensitive chips. One
time I tried it with a vacuum cleaner, but this was no good idea. An 8080
said goodbye :-)
For the moment the best thing I found is a paint brush made of fine cow hair. The fine hairs
don't scratch on the gold caps, and you can
easily clean up your
chips. I know, that is not less work, but if you love your chips,
you take care of them. :-)
For very rare and valuable chips and chipsets, like the MCS-4
chipset, I prefer to use a small thick
picture frame with front
glass. Inside anti static mats. This is for static safety and a
perfect fixture for these old parts.
I am also putting very rare engineering samples and chips into small
clear anti static boxes. So it is impossible to get any fingerprints
and scratches on it. Also my opened
chips I store in such see-through boxes. That way they don't get dusty
and I can use them perfectly
for my microscope to take some core pictures.
But for the moment I have too less space for all chips. So I have to
store some of them in small metal cases.
I am still working on a new idea with a carpenter to get more space.
Article and photos coming online if there is any change to my museum.
Here now some photos: