- integrated circuitry
integrated circuit - Computer Definition
Synonymous with microcircuit and semiconductor chip. In computer hardware, a miniaturized electronic circuit comprising many individual circuit elements, such as transistors, diodes, resistors, capacitors, and inductors, etched on a tiny wafer of semiconducting material such as silicon. See also capacitor, circuit, diode, electronics, inductor, resistor, and transistor.
The formal name for the chip. In 1958, Texas Instruments inventor Jack Kilby demonstrated the first electronic circuit in which more than one transistor was fabricated on a single piece of semiconductor material. See chip.