[ mahy-kroh-chip ]
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Origin of microchip

First recorded in 1965–70; micro- + chip1

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British Dictionary definitions for microchip


/ (ˈmaɪkrəʊˌtʃɪp) /

  1. a small piece of semiconductor material carrying many integrated circuits

verb-chips, -chipping or -chipped
  1. (tr) to implant (an animal) with a microchip tag linked to a national computer network for purposes of identification

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Scientific definitions for microchip


[ krə-chĭp′ ]

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Cultural definitions for microchip


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.

Notes for microchip

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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