I just bought a silicon wafer off of eBay to decorate my office. The seller didn't tell/know, but I'm dead curious as to what this wafer is. Could anyone help me identify which chips should have been built out of it?

Full picture

Here's a picture of the entire 12" wafer.

Full size picture

Poor man's macro

Here's a zoomed-in picture of the lighter rectangles that are scattered over this wafer. I took it using a super cheap magnifying glass.


Another poor man's macro

Here's another angle trying to show both the light and dark rectangles. Unfortunately I only have a smallish magnifying glass so I can't see any better.

another macro

Extra info

  • This is a 300 mm wafer
  • I couldn't find any marking on the front side
  • The backside has a serial number (K444R215WFB3) and a QR code that's so small I couldn't decipher it.
  • The dark rectangles probably have something drawn in them, but it's impossible to see it even with a magnifying glass.
  • \$\begingroup\$ Are there no other markings of any kind, on either side? \$\endgroup\$ – BeB00 Aug 26 at 19:06
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    \$\begingroup\$ Smells like it has excess faults for some large BGA \$\endgroup\$ – Tony Stewart Sunnyskyguy EE75 Aug 26 at 19:09
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    \$\begingroup\$ An image of one of the dark rectangles is likely to be more helpful than one of the light rectangles. Best if you can get enough magnification to see any metal layer markings. \$\endgroup\$ – The Photon Aug 26 at 19:26
  • \$\begingroup\$ Get it under strong enough magnification and you may find a copyright or brand marking on it. But it'd be super-small. Basically, if you can see individual transistors -- start looking for human-readable markings. \$\endgroup\$ – TimWescott Aug 26 at 20:32

The light rectangles are for wafer characterization test. The dark ICs are the actual chips.

As to what those chips are, they appear to be some kind of memory, perhaps DRAM.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Interesting, thanks! How do you know this is some memory? Also, how could I try and find more about what kind of memory this is? \$\endgroup\$ – Romain Aug 26 at 20:05
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    \$\begingroup\$ The regular block structure is typical of memories. The sense amps are the strip down the middle of the chip. I'm guessing DRAM, but it could also be flash. Hard to tell without further magnification. \$\endgroup\$ – hacktastical Aug 26 at 20:07

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