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silicon chip

silicon chip Small piece of silicon etched to carry many tiny electric circuits. Silicon chips are at the heart of most electronic equipment. Chips are etched, layer by layer, onto slivers of pure silicon. Each layer is ‘doped’ to give it particular electrical properties, and the combination of different layers form components such as transistors and diodes. See also charge-coupled device (CCD); circuit; integrated circuit (IC); printed circuit; semiconductor

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silicon chip

sil·i·con chip • n. a microchip.

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chip, silicon

chip, silicon See silicon chip

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silicon chip

silicon chip See chip.

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