Integrated-circuit meaning

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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.
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An electronic circuit containing many interconnected amplifying devices and circuit elements formed on a single body, or chip, of semiconductor material.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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(electronics) A thin chip consisting of at least two interconnected semiconductor devices, mainly transistors.
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