mi·​cro·​chip | \ ˈmī-krō-ˌchip How to pronounce microchip (audio) \

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Other technologies, involving things like microchip implants, fingerprint scans, and facial recognition, are even eliminating the need for phones and smartwatches. Town & Country, "Is This the End of Cash?," 28 Jan. 2019 Sims said there is a 75 percent identification rate with the microchip program. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "Digital ID tag updates missing pet notices," 22 Apr. 2018 The report claimed that Chinese spies were able to place microchips in the companies’ servers, allegedly giving the Chinese government backdoor access to some of the largest cloud platforms in the world. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "British spy agency casts more doubt on spy chip report," 5 Oct. 2018 Replacing even a chunk of those with homegrown beans may prove as herculean a task for China as weaning itself from US microchips. Raymond Zhong, BostonGlobe.com, "China’s taste for soybeans is a weak spot in trade war with Trump," 9 July 2018 For Nvidia and Mobileye-owner Intel, this means new opportunities to enter a market that has long been dominated by specialist manufacturers of automotive-grade microchips, such as NXP Semiconductors NV, Mr. Abuelsamid says. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "The Key to Autonomous Driving? An Impossibly Perfect Map," 11 Oct. 2018 And the Trump administration ordered a seven-year halt in American shipments of computer microchips and software that are at the heart of most of ZTE's telecommunications gear. Tami Abdollah, chicagotribune.com, "Can anything stop foreign government favors to Trump?," 23 May 2018 The city offers a $10 microchip and free city licensing special every month and adoption opportunities outside the shelter. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Step up and adopt a dog from overcrowded Pearland shelter," 9 Feb. 2018 Bloomberg had reported that when Amazon was looking at buying Elemental Technologies, a third-party firm Amazon hired to evaluate the company found a microchip on the servers’ motherboards. Allison Prang, WSJ, "Super Micro Finds No Malicious Hardware in Motherboards," 11 Dec. 2018

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1969, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of microchip

computers : a group of tiny electronic circuits that work together on a very small piece of hard material (such as silicon)

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