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“Typical (typ) is typically the most misunderstood word in Integrated Circuit (IC) testing.” #ManufacturingMonday @Maxim_IC

This is an interesting read on some of the nuances in fabrication and reading data sheets.

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In the world of ICs, typical is defined as having the characteristics of the group of parts. Fine but, as the old English adage goes, that is as “clear as mud.”1 Let’s tell a sly secret of IC testing: typical on an IC data sheet means NOT TESTED. There, the secret is out. So why do IC manufacturers bother to state typical values? Let me explain.

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