Name that Ware, August 2009 @ bunnie’s blog

Ntw Aug 2009 Front
Name that Ware, August 2009 @ bunnie’s blog!

This month’s ware is a user-submitted ware. This ware doesn’t quite qualify as a “production” ware but it does qualify as a very interesting ware, partially because of its vintage and its relative sophistication. I’d be surprised if anyone out there could exactly identify what this ware is, but I’m thinking someone out there can at least name the general function and origin of this ware…when I name the winner I’ll post some interesting details about the ware!

Adafruit publishes a wide range of writing and video content, including interviews and reporting on the maker market and the wider technology world. Our standards page is intended as a guide to best practices that Adafruit uses, as well as an outline of the ethical standards Adafruit aspires to. While Adafruit is not an independent journalistic institution, Adafruit strives to be a fair, informative, and positive voice within the community – check it out here:

Join Adafruit on Mastodon

Adafruit is on Mastodon, join in!

Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.

Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.

Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!

Join over 36,000+ makers on Adafruit’s Discord channels and be part of the community!

CircuitPython – The easiest way to program microcontrollers –

Maker Business — “Packaging” chips in the US

Wearables — Enclosures help fight body humidity in costumes

Electronics — Transformers: More than meets the eye!

Python for Microcontrollers — Python on Microcontrollers Newsletter: Silicon Labs introduces CircuitPython support, and more! #CircuitPython #Python #micropython @ThePSF @Raspberry_Pi

Adafruit IoT Monthly — Guardian Robot, Weather-wise Umbrella Stand, and more!

Microsoft MakeCode — MakeCode Thank You!

EYE on NPI — Maxim’s Himalaya uSLIC Step-Down Power Module #EyeOnNPI @maximintegrated @digikey

New Products – Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers! — #NewProds 7/19/23 Feat. Adafruit Matrix Portal S3 CircuitPython Powered Internet Display!

Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at !


  1. That is most obviously a ClusterFlux-Capacitor. I’m really quite surprised nobody got it yet!

  2. I’m guessing a rocket/aerospace component…maybe part of a guidance system?

  3. looks like some kind of old (wannabe)digital board to me… maybe some memory or processor??

  4. I see too many contradictions: the dip packaging seems early to mid 70’s while the spidery things look like late 60’s ic’s. The mounting holes suggest a stand alone device (eg hard drive or motherboard) but I can’t think of anything that small in that time period. Besides the pattern was for removable boards, not permanently fixed ones. The hand wiring suggests a prototype but it also looks like it would be in production.

    Too flimsy for military/space. Too small a bus for s100. Too big for an Apple. Actually more like ISA but not enough integration for that time.

    It almost looks like a processor- but only part of one- like an ALU. Not memory per se. Perhaps the yellow objects are the registers. But again, technology post dates that design era.

    I give up. Final answer: control circuit for an 8″ floppy drive.

  5. Looks like an early modem. There are two coax cables, that’s some kind of analog signal.

  6. That’s my mother without her top on.
    Now kiss my shiny @&()$# %#@#$# !

  7. I think its part of an electric organ (the musical instrument, not a cybernetic kidney or anything).

  8. I do hope you won’t leave us hanging forever….

    I go with the modem guess.

  9. I’m thinking (cause I have seen a few of these ) that it might be a board from an old-ish Pinball machine. Not the full blown electronic (mid video arcade era ones) but the ones right before that still had some basic sounds (the piezo speaker in the corner) and mostly timing circuits to make the lights blink during key gameplay moments. And there’s some bits and pieces there to flip the number/score counters but those are actually flipped by electromagnetic relays… anyway.. pretty sure thats what it is.

  10. I agree with Michael “I think its part of an electric organ…”

    The board has lots of caps, op-amps, inductors.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.