[mahy-kroh-chip] /ˈmaɪ kroʊˌtʃɪp/

noun, Electronics.
1 (def 5).
a small piece of semiconductor material carrying many integrated circuits
verb -chips, -chipping, -chipped
(transitive) to implant (an animal) with a microchip tag linked to a national computer network for purposes of identification

“integrated circuit,” 1975, from micro- + chip (n.1).
See integrated circuit.

The basic component of modern miniaturized electronics. The “chip” is a series of electrical circuits built into a tiny wafer of silicon or another semiconductor.

Note: These circuits may be made by exposing the chip to a high-temperature vapor of controlled composition. The vapor deposits a thin layer (sometimes only a few atoms thick) on the silicon. In this way complex layers of materials, such as those found in transistors can be built up in a very small area.


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