Some Words To Know

Most businesses have their own specialized vocabulary that's impenetrable to outsiders. Plumbers, doctors, miners, and pilots all use words and phrases that the rest of us don't understand. It's the same with chip makers and designers. Most of their professional lingo isn't of interest to us here, but some of these words have leaked into general usage. I'll define others throughout this book as we need them.

What's a Chip?

The most common word you've undoubtedly already heard related to semiconductors is chip, as in silicon chip, memory chip, or computer chip. Chips are little flakes of silicon that have been carefully worked on in such a way that they do amazing things. There are millions of different kinds of chips made for ...

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