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Deep Blue VLSI chip [1]

VLSI Design, (Very Large Scale Integration)
an integrated circuit design combining a very large number (typically several 100 thousands or millions) of MOS transistors onto a single chip [2]. Since the late 70s, until today, microprocessors and memory chips are VLSI chips. In 1978-1979, Caltech professor Carver Mead and scientist Lynn Conway [3] wrote the textbook Introduction to VLSI Systems and taught simple design rules suited for electronic design automation starting the VLSI revolution. In 1980, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of the United States began the DoD's new VLSI research project to support extensions of this work, which resulted in many university and industry researchers learning and improving the Mead-Conway innovations.

VLSI in Computer Chess

Inspired by the hardware move generator design of Belle and motivated by the Mead-Conway innovations, several universities researched on VLSI Design in computer chess. Most notable and successful was the Carnegie Mellon University headed by Hsiang-Tsung Kung along with Charles E. Leiserson, who introduced systolic arrays suited for VLSI design. The primary protagonists of the rival chess programs of HiTech and ChipTest, which later evolved to Deep Thought and Deep Blue, were Hans Berliner, Carl Ebeling and Andrew James Palay et al., versus Feng-hsiung Hsu, Thomas Anantharaman and Murray Campbell. A team around Jonathan Schaeffer worked at the University of Waterloo on VLSI chess chips [4]. while James Testa and Alvin M. Despain from the University of California, Berkeley build the Berkeley Chess Microprocessor. At the University of Hamburg a team around Alexander Reinefeld and Dieter Steinwender build MicroMurks in 1981/82, a 68000 based system with own chips and VLSI layout [5].

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