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System-on-Chip The system-on-chip: Today’s most important electrical engineering component

| Author / Editor: Luke James / Erika Granath

Virtually every single electronic device in circulation today uses a system-on-chip (SoC). These are made up of both hardware and software components that add functionality to electronic devices and are one of the most critical components used in modern electronic design.

SoCs are much cheaper to design and utilize when compared to multi-chip systems
SoCs are much cheaper to design and utilize when compared to multi-chip systems
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The days of the central processing unit (CPU) being the primary component in a computer system are long gone. Today, the CPU is only a small part of the constantly growing equation that adds up to be a system-on-chip (SoC).

An SoC combines the power of the CPU with several other components that it needs to perform and execute its intended functions, and they are more common than you may think.