1. Alternatively referred to as a bare chip, monolithic integrated circuit, or microchip, IC is short for Integrated Circuit or Integrated Chip. The IC is a package containing many circuits, pathways, transistors, and other electronic components all working together to perform a particular function or a series of functions. Integrated circuits are the building blocks of computer hardware. The picture is an example of what an Integrated Circuit may look like on a circuit board today.
When was the IC first created?
The integrated circuit was first introduced as a concept by British radar engineer Geoffrey Dummer on May 7, 1952. It was later developed by Jack Kilby and Robert Noyce, and successfully demonstrated on September 12, 1958.
2. In role-playing games, IC is short for In-Character. IC is used to describe a player that is playing and acting out the role in the game and not talking about things not related to the game or the era of the game.
3. In chat rooms, IC is shorthand for I see. May also be abbreviated as OIC, which is short for Oh I See. Below is an example of how this could be used in chat.
User1: What does CPU mean?
User2: Central Processing Unit