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Essential Guide to Semiconductors, The by Jim Turley

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Advanced Analog Components

Digital components aren't the only ones that are integrated into larger ICs. Analog components, too, have been combined in interesting ways. Some, like charge-coupled device (CCD) arrays, open up new kinds of markets and products once they're integrated. Others, like micro-electrical mechanical sensors (MEMS), seem just plain weird at first glance.

CCD Image Sensors

CCD image sensors form the basis of digital cameras and other interesting image-recognition products. A CCD image sensor is a chip with individual light sensors arranged in a square pattern, or array, like tiles on a bathroom floor. The image sensor might have 100 “tiles” across and 100 up and down, or it might have thousands in each direction. Each individual ...

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