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IC stands for Integrated Circuit...It is exactly what it's name is...basically an IC consists of one or many complex circuits in compact and cheap chips which might be bulky and/or costly if realized using conventional components...ICs reduce the cost, size and portability of any kind of electronic device...ICs also have certain disadvantages such as...they cannot incorporate inductors or crystals(as oscillators)

in them... while circuits can be made by discreete conponents I C integate these components into a single silicon chip whereby the discreete conponents are shrunk to the size of a pin head. The chip inside of an IC is very small 1-2 mm while the IC maybe centimeters in size . The reason being that wire but be brought out for soldering purposes to connect to other devices.

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