Printed Circuit Boards VS Integrated Circuit

Printed Circuit Boards VS Integrated Circuit


Many people confuse printed circuit boards and integrated circuits. In fact, there is a big difference between the two. This article will specifically introduce the difference between printed circuit boards and integrated circuits.

Printed Circuit Boards VS Integrated Circuit
the difference between a printed circuit board and an integrated circuit

The printed circuit board is a general term for circuit boards that carry and connect electronic components. An integrated circuit is a general term for semiconductor devices. The characteristics and applications of the two are very different. The following is the difference between a printed circuit board and an integrated circuit.

Features of PCB board


For decades, the high density of printed boards has been able to develop along with the improvement of integrated circuit integration and the advancement of mounting technology.

High reliability

Through a series of inspections, tests, and aging tests, the PCB can work reliably for a long time (usually 20 years).


For the various performance requirements of PCB (electrical, physical, chemical, mechanical, etc.), printed board design can be realized through design standardization, standardization, etc., with short time and high efficiency.


With modern management, standardized, scaled (quantitative), automated and other products can be carried out to ensure product quality consistency.


A relatively complete test method, test standard, various test equipment, and instruments have been established to detect and appraise the eligibility and service life of PCB products.


PCB products are not only convenient for standardized assembly of various components, but also for automated and large-scale mass production. At the same time, PCB and various component assembly parts can be assembled to form larger parts and systems, up to the complete machine.


Since PCB products and various component assembly parts are designed and produced on a large scale, these parts are also standardized. Therefore, once the system fails, it can be replaced quickly, conveniently, and flexibly, and the system can be quickly restored to work. Of course, there can be more examples. Such as miniaturization and weight reduction of the system, and high-speed signal transmission.

Integrated circuit characteristics

Integrated circuits have the advantages of small size, lightweight, fewer lead wires and soldering points, long life, high reliability, and good performance. At the same time, they have low costs and are convenient for mass production.

It is not only widely used in industrial and civilian electronic equipment such as tape recorders, televisions, computers, etc., but also in the military, communications, and remote control. Using integrated circuits to assemble electronic equipment, the assembly density can be increased several tens to thousands of times than that of transistors, and the stable working time of the equipment can also be greatly improved.

The difference between PCB board and integrated circuit

Integrated circuits generally refer to the integration of chips. Like the Northbridge chip on the motherboard, the inside of the CPU is called an integrated circuit. The original name is also called an integrated block. And the printed circuit refers to the circuit board we usually see, as well as printing solder chips on the circuit board.

The integrated circuit (IC) is soldered on the PCB board; the PCB board is the carrier of the integrated circuit (IC). The PCB board is a printed circuit board (PCB). Printed circuit boards appear in almost every electronic device. If there are electronic parts in a certain device, the printed circuit boards are all mounted on PCBs of different sizes. In addition to fixing various small parts, the main function of the printed circuit board is to electrically connect the upper parts to each other.

An integrated circuit integrates a general-purpose circuit on a chip. It is a whole. Once it is damaged internally, the chip is also damaged. The PCB can weld the components by itself, and the components can be replaced if it is broken, which makes the application more convenient.

Through the above introduction to printed circuit boards and integrated circuits, we should be able to make a distinction between the two. If you still have some doubts after reading the above content, you can contact us for more detailed information and solutions.

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