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Pin-compatible is a term from the semi-conductor industry.[1] Integrated circuits are packaged in standardized form factors. When a competitor manufactures a chip that works the same as an earlier chip, and plugs into the same socket as the original chip, it is said to be pin-compatible. Manufacturers sometimes introduce new chips, pin-compatible with their earlier model, but with new features. Manufacturers introduce chips that work the same as their competitors chips.


  1. Advanced Micro promotes its power-saving answers to intel 80287 in the UK, Computer Business Review, 1990-08-22. Retrieved on 2008-11-27. mirror