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I though the term "tapeout" historicaly origionated from the process of using masking tape to manualy create the masks on glass plates? e.g. Prior to the use of layout CAD tools for the generation of masks.
The chips would leave on a tape a bit like a cinema film —Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 16:59, 24 January 2008 (UTC)
Correct. There are still engineers in the industry who scare their zounger collegaues by talking about the old days. 22.214.171.124 (talk) 09:45, 30 August 2009 (UTC)