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What does it do?

The chip controls the functions and provides information to the printer, such as how many pages remaining before the cartridge runs out of toner.

What is it Made of?

Chips are made from silicon, the second most abundant element on Earth and most commonly found in sand.

Purified silicon is melted and cooled to form an ingot, then sliced into wafers. The wafers become the foundation of the chip. One wafer could be the basis for thousands of chips!

A Deeper Look at the Silicon Wafers

Each wafer is cut into individual chip die. Each die is ultimately programmed for proper functionality in a specific application.

A Deeper Look at the Chip

ASIC chips are used in the COLORCONTROL system. ASIC stands for Application-Specific Integrated Circuit. ASIC uses an integrated circuit and is customized for a particular use, rather than intended for general-purpose.

The Chip Development Process