Linear Integrated Circuits (LICs) are also referred to as analog ICs due to the fact their input and output can take on a continuous range of values and the output are generally proportional to the input.
The LICs use less as compare to digital integrated circuits. LICs are quickly displacing their discrete circuit counterparts in many applications as their cost become competitive.
They also possess much higher reliability because so many external connections are eliminated.
LICs Find wide use in military and industrial application as well as in consumer products. They are frequently used in,
- Voltage comparators.
- Power amplifiers.
- RF and IF amplifiers Voltage regulators.
- Operational amplifiers.
- Microwave amplifiers.
- Small signal amplifiers.