• A small piece of semiconductor material upon which miniature electronic circuit components, such as transistors or resistors, are placed. A chip, for instance, may have hundreds of millions of transistors. There are various types, including memory chips, and logic chips. An entire computer may be held on a single chip with the appropriate components, and such chips may be used in countless items, such as automobiles, toys, appliances, clocks, and so on. Also called microchip, IC, or microcircuit.
  • A piece of semiconductor material or dielectric upon which one or more electrical components may be mounted, etched, or formed. Also called die (1).
  • synonym CPU

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