An electronic circuit whose components, such as transistors and resistors, are etched or deposited on a single slice of semiconductor material to produce a chip.
An electronic circuit containing many interconnected amplifying devices and circuit elements formed on a single body, or chip, of semiconductor material.
A device made of interconnected electronic components, such as transistors and resistors, that are etched or imprinted onto a tiny slice of a semiconducting material, such as silicon or germanium. An integrated circuit smaller than a fingernail can hold millions of circuits.
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.
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.