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Isolinear optical chips (or just isolinear chips) were data storage devices utilized in various forms of technology. They were used to enable warp drive in Galaxy-class vessels, store memory in Starfleet PADDs and were a primary component of Danube-class runabouts computers. Isolinear chips were also capable of storing television programs. (TNG: "The Naked Now", "A Fistful of Datas", DS9: "The Jem'Hadar"; VOY: "Memorial") They replaced the less efficient duotronic enhancers about forty years prior to 2369. (TNG: "Relics")
They were often featured on board nanotech processors to aid in memory access and with a maximum capacity of 2.15 kiloquads. Though normally easily corrupted, chips could be coated with a layer of clear plastic for protection in environments more hostile than a computer core without affecting read and write capabilities; these strengthened chips were commonly used in tricorders, PADDs, and other handheld devices with isolinear chip drives. (Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual)
In 2378, following Operation Watson when the USS Voyager could have short periods of live contact with Earth every day, Neelix put 146 sequentially numbered isolinear chips in his hat for the crew to pull - to see in which order they would be able to contact their friends and family. (VOY: "Author, Author")