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I was just wondering if there was like a "the holy book" of ICs that contains almost every IC chip with their feature spec included (like the first page of every spec sheets)? Kinda like a dictionary that you can look up? (Please do remind me of this question is off topic or inappropriate).

I also want to ask the methodology of picking an IC when designing a circuit from scratch, thanks!

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  • \$\begingroup\$ @Jasen may I ask what do you refer to as "not any more"? \$\endgroup\$ – Johnny Yeng Dec 19 '18 at 7:41
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    \$\begingroup\$ New chips are being added on weekly basis (if not daily). Its difficult to maintain such a catalog. Plus it doesn't make sense to start with an IC and design a product around it. You'd rather want to solve a problem and find an IC for that purpose. When you come to part selection, sites like Digikey can help you where you can quickly look at main features of a lot of comparable products. Then you download the datasheet and go through it in detail. \$\endgroup\$ – Whiskeyjack Dec 19 '18 at 7:45
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    \$\begingroup\$ Those "books" used to be published, bearing catalogues etc etc but since the internet it's all online... Just check out each manufacturer - HINT don't ask us to provide a list of manufatcturers... \$\endgroup\$ – Solar Mike Dec 19 '18 at 8:05
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    \$\begingroup\$ There was the IC Master books, see here. Three thick volumes and out of date the moment it was printed. \$\endgroup\$ – Steve G Dec 19 '18 at 9:23
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    \$\begingroup\$ Do you mean publications like TTL DATABOOK by NATIONAL SEMICONDUCTOR, found through project5474.org? \$\endgroup\$ – Andrew Morton Dec 19 '18 at 13:34
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Those "books" used to be published, and very handy too, bearing catalogues etc etc

One issue, as pointed out, was that they tended to be out of date very quickly, but they were always a good starting point. Also, lecturers would base exercises around the use of the books to solve problems as practice for students : tribology has such fond memories...

Since the internet it's all online... Just check out each manufacturer, and some also provide simulation opportunities or links to useful material as well.

HINT don't ask us to provide a list of manufacturers...

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