What Does Microchip Mean?

A microchip is a small semiconductor module of packaged computer circuitry that serves a specific role in relation to other microchips in a computer hardware system. It also refers to the small wafer of semiconductive material used to make an integrated circuit (IC).


A microchip is also known as an integrated circuit (IC).

Techopedia Explains Microchip

Microchips are used in all electronic devices – from small flash drives to complex computers and even some motorized vehicles.

After the transistor was invented, subsequent technology allowed for a dramatic reduction in size and the creation of complex circuits that can be placed on a small piece of semiconductive material, usually silicon, known as a chip. This is a far cry from the old vacuum tubes that characterized early electronic circuits.

In 1949, early mentions in microchip technology development began when Werner Jacobi, a German engineer for Siemens AG, filed a patent for an IC-like amplification device. He claimed this device could be used to create hearing aids.


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