I'm writing an article and I have used the following sentence,

The switched-capacitor technology is used to replace the large resistors which can't be used in ICs because of their large occupation of area.

However, I feel that large occupation of area is wrong, because I googled it and their was nothing similar.

Any suggestions?


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    Space requirements | large footprint.
    – TimR
    Nov 30, 2014 at 19:57
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    You can also use "large form factor".
    – user3169
    Nov 30, 2014 at 23:57
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    I would use form factor if I expected readers to be engineers/technically-knowlegeable and if I wanted to write at a "higher" level of sophistication. Footprint would probably be easier for more people to comprehend. I guess, but don't know, that engineers might not always think of things on the surface of ICs as standing on them, so at a very specialized level, might prefer form factor? Dec 1, 2014 at 4:34

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If your sole concern is the cumbersome phrase "large occupation of area," I think TRomano's suggestion of "large space requirements" is good.

I would consider tightening up the whole sentence though. Perhaps:

The smaller switched-capacitor technology replaces the large resistors, whose space requirements prevent their use in ICs.

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