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Computer Microchips

A microchip, often described as an integrated circuit, is an electronic circuit on one small piece of semiconductor material. Its function depends on the components and circuitry used.

Microchips are the driving force behind computers, mobile phones, and even new cars! Take a look at the history of the microchip, how they are made and used, and the cutting-edge research underway.

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