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Definition: IDM


(1) See identity management.

(2) (Integrated Device Manufacturer) A company that performs every step of the chip-making process, including design, manufacture, test and packaging. Examples of large IDMs are Intel, IBM and TI. See fabless and foundry.








An IDM in Arizona
Microchip Technology makes its own chips and sells them on its website. These are images from the Microchip plant in Tempe, Arizona, a Phoenix suburb. Microchip specializes in microcontrollers, which are used by the hundreds of millions each year in everything from automobiles to kitchen appliances.