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Replacing IC's with components

It it possible to use simple components, arranged properly, in order to replicate the use of a simple IC, such as the 555 or LM386? If so, where could I find diagrams of the internal electronics? Google has turned up nothing so far...

Thanks!

caitlinsdad2 years ago
IC internal circuits are usually proprietary designs but it if you could come up with a design with 25 transistors, 2 diodes and 15 resistors or so, you may have your own 555 timer chip. And you might want to find a shrink ray machine too.
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