Chapter 7

Packing Parts Together on Integrated Circuits

In This Chapter

arrow Corralling components into a chip

arrow Speaking the language of bits

arrow Thinking logically about gates

arrow Reading into IC packages

arrow Pondering IC pinouts

arrow Boosting signals with op amps

arrow Timing, counting, and controlling everything in sight

Space exploration, programmable pacemakers, consumer electronics, and much more would be nothing but the idle dreams of creative minds were it not for the integrated circuit. This incredible innovation — really, a series of incredible innovations — makes possible your cellphone, laptop, iPod, GPS navigation system, and so much more.

An integrated circuit (IC) incorporates anywhere from a few dozen to many millions of circuit components into a single device that fits easily into the palm of your ...

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