Chapter 11

Innovating with Integrated Circuits


Bullet Corralling components onto a chip

Bullet Speaking the language of bits

Bullet Thinking logically about gates

Bullet Reading into IC packages

Bullet Pondering IC pinouts

Bullet Boosting signals with op amps

Bullet 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 (IC). This incredible innovation — really, a series of incredible innovations — makes possible your smartphone, tablet, iPod, and GPS navigation system, as well as newer disruptive technologies, such as 3D printing and autonomous (self-driving) vehicles. Who knows? One day ICs may enable you to 3D-print your own driverless car! ...

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