The High School Student Who’s Building His Own Integrated Circuits – IEEE Spectrum

 Electronics enthusiasts like being able to make things themselves. But making DIY integrated circuits seemed impossibly out of reach. After all, building a modern fab is astronomically expensive. This article has an interesting story of a 17-year-old high school student who has started making chips in his garage fab. Zeloof was inspired by Jeri Ellsworth’s YouTube channel, where she demonstrated how she had made some home-brew silicon transistors.


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Student Creates First Homebrew Dual Differential Amplifier IC

    Making your own DIY integrated circuits was considered a near-impossible feat, especially when you factor in all the equipment and tools needed for the lithography process. Most Makers don’t have a high-temperature furnace, vacuum chambers or an electron microscope on hand to fabricate ICs as that equipment can (and often is) more expensive than some used cars. Those issues though, haven’t stopped high school student Sam Zeloof from building a fab shop in his garage and creating his own dual differential amplifier IC.

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    First IC :)

    I am very excited to announce the details of my first integrated circuit and share the journey that this project has taken me on over the past year. I hope that my success will inspire others and help start a revolution in home chip fabrication.

  3. Gary Thomas says:
  4. Jacky90 says:

    Hi there. It’s really nice news. I am glad for Zeloof and for his success. Faith in a new generation is not lost yet I’m sure that he don’t use any help like with his project. I think, that He is an idol of present days. We should all take our cue from people like he is.


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