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In AMC's Halt and Catch Fire TV series, its intro at some point shows a Windows-like logo image. What is the image alluded for? Since it was before the rising of Windows and GUI.

Here is where you can watch the intro:

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migrated from Aug 4 '14 at 22:22

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It's a snapshot of part of a silicon wafer used to make microprocessors. You take a wafer and split it into a bunch of squares once you've printed a chipset onto it. Then you package each one into one of those black plastic cases with pins (called a package in industry jargon).

From Wikipedia: Silicon Chip Wafer

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Great stuff, thank you very much! I was that curious! – user2094178 Aug 4 '14 at 23:30

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