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Definition: DIP

(1) See device independent pixel.

(2) (Document Image Processing) See document imaging.

(3) (Dual In-line Package) A common, mostly-rectangular chip housing with leads (pins) on both sides. Tiny wires bond the chip to metal leads that wind their way down into spider-like feet. The DIP is plugged into a socket or inserted into holes in the printed circuit board and soldered. See DIP switch, CDIP, CERDIP and chip package.

Introduced in the 1960s, the DIP package was widely used for decades and still exists to hold microcontrollers and other electronic circuits.