Overview With the
introduction of the first integrated circuit in 1958 by the “Fairchild
Eight", a new era in electronic and computer technology began. Read
more about the development of the first integrated circuit and the
Fairchild Eight at www.ieee-virtual-museum.org.
Integrated circuits greatly increased in power, while decreasing in size,
as the demand for more powerful and efficient integrated circuits grew.
Integrated circuit technology continues to change and grow, pushing the
limits of digital electronics design and construction techniques. Almost
everything from cars to microwave ovens use integrated circuits to process
data and control mechanisms for machinery.
Description Find out about the
integrated circuit, as well as other elementary information about these
amazing tools, by going to this
Web page. This page also includes links to definitions for many
common electronics terms. Webopedia has information about integrated
circuits on this
definition page. This page includes a clearly written and concise
definition, descriptions of subcategories of integrated circuits, and
links to other sites related to integrated circuits. Read a detailed
article about the evolution of electronics that led to the development of
the first integrated circuits at www.maxmon.com/1952ad.htm.
This article also contains links to other topics related to the
development of integrated circuits.
Circuits are Made Learn about integrated circuit manufacturing
techniques and technology from the resources on this
Web page. The articles found at http://rel.intersil.com
trace the evolution of integrated circuit manufacturing techniques, from
the first simple chips to today's most advanced techniques.
of Integrated Circuits Although integrated circuit technology has only
been available for 50 years, they are used in nearly every modern
electronic device. Depending on the complexity of the device, anywhere
from one, to hundreds of integrated circuits may be used. For example, a
typical PC may include a dozen integrated circuits, while a microwave oven
uses just one. The variety of integrated circuits manufactured today
nearly matches their number of applications. To get an idea of the amount
of variety that exists among integrated circuits, visit www.embeddedlinks.com/chipdir.
Here you’ll find an index of most of today's integrated circuits.
Another site that highlights the sheer diversity among integrated circuits
is this Global
Sources page. At this site, you can search their database for an
integrated circuit by the manufacturer's name. You will also find
descriptions of the companies that make integrated circuits.
Read about extremely
complex integrated circuits at both www.howstuffworks.com/microprocessor.htm
These articles describe the most advanced integrated circuit designs in
microprocessors and RAM memory chips used in personal computers today.
Additional Links Would
you like to build an apparatus that uses integrated circuits? If so, visit
Here you will find information and advice about integrated circuit kits
that are available for the hobbyist.