Is it true that computer chips "float" inside of the computers ? Can someone give me references(books, articles, papers...) about that fact ?

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    $\begingroup$ Do you mean physical floating, floating point arithmetic, or floating voltage (as in isolated from earth)? $\endgroup$
    – wwarriner
    Apr 15, 2019 at 15:45
  • $\begingroup$ Physical floating. $\endgroup$
    – danilocn94
    Apr 17, 2019 at 1:05

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No, they are securely fixed (soldered) to the circuit boards.

If you think you have heard the term "float" with reference to a chip, then you are probably hearing about "floating point arithmetic" which is the process used inside the chip to solve the mathematical equations and calculations we want.

  • $\begingroup$ Or perhaps another meaning for float is floating earth / ground, whereby the mains cable on some devices is only 2 poles not three (extra for earth / ground ), so there is no earth / ground in this setup. Also perhaps float has some physicals / quantum mechanics / quantum computing connotations. $\endgroup$ Apr 17, 2019 at 10:11
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    $\begingroup$ @therobyouknow so as per the comment by starrise above. $\endgroup$
    – Solar Mike
    Apr 17, 2019 at 10:14
  • $\begingroup$ +1 ah yes - upvoted both $\endgroup$ Apr 17, 2019 at 10:25

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