This project is commissioned by NXP Semiconductors.
NXP is one of the biggest chip manufacturers in the world with a rich history in chip design. This design process is very far distant from our society and a chip designed by one person does not exist anymore. When talking to experts I realised that no one really knows how one chip works anymore. Everybody just knows a small part of a gigantic chip. I wanted to get back to the basics and figure out, what is a chip and can I make one. So enthousiastically I started designing. I figured I should make a full adder since that is the basics of chipdesign. This calculates 1 + 1. Sounds simple but I spend weeks trying to get it to work. You have to design logic using electric components that work like tiny gates. It is basicly like making your own programming language. after spending weeks debugging my electrical sculpture I finally had a working prototype that could only do one thing: add 1 bits together... After this project I have a lot of respect for the chipdesigners from now.
When I showed this to NXP a few old chip designers joined the explanation tour and what made me most happy was the reactions from them. They almost had some sort of nostalgia because this is also how they started designing chips in the 60's.