Off topic? Sure. Amusing? Quite. ChipWorks has cracked open a Samsung Galaxy Tab and Samsung Captivate (a Galaxy S device) to take a look at the chips inside, and found a surprising number of visual goodies packed within. Using some scanning electronic microscopy, they saw a message that reads "If you can read this, you are much too close." Much too close, indeed: the letter "o" in the message is less than 1/10th the thickness of a human hair.


But that was just the tip of the iceberg. They also found four other images in the chips, including "a fairly simple smiley face... a man playing the drums, a smiling hat-wearing hippo/dragon/whatever, and... a baby duck."

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[Source: ChipWorks]

Aaron Gingrich
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  • http://technocrate.net nailerr

    This is if nothing else evidence that Samsung can still make smaller devices. Once there is no room for artwork inside we can start using Apple's new smaller headphone sockets!

  • Yorick

    The "baby duck" is actually Calimero, a famous cartoon character.

  • http://www.androidlab.it Enrico

    Actually the last two are cartoon characters.
    Italian cartoon characters precisely. The first one is Grisù (http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gris%C3%B9_(serie_animata) ) the last is Calimero (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calimero).

  • http://www.gradweil.de alvinx

    And the smiling hat-wearing hippo/dragon/whatever is yet another famous cartoon character named Grisu, a small dragon who wants to become a firefighter and his hat is a firefighter-helmet !

  • http://www.jaduncan.com James Duncan

    Part of me wonders if this will result in a copyright/trademark infringement claim.

  • E.F.

    Seems that these images/text are mostly used as QC - Quality Control.

    If somebody actually felt that they will take a infrigement claim, I would questions about their sanity:
    1) Not publicy accessible
    2) No direct income, no profit of these images.
    3) No relation to Samsung products.
    4) May come under "fair use" for fun.

    C'mon, I would be disappointed if Samsung did actually get a claim.

    This was fun to read!