Terminology is the studying of the terms used to identify things. In electronics, just like any other complex human endeavour, using the proper terms helps in understanding.

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What do you call a rotary switch that does not have a max turn degree?

Exactly like on the Logitech G35 or Logitech F540; not a rotary switch because those have notches and a physical limit. Instead of turning clockwise, or counter-clockwise, you rotate it 'up' or ...
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Was the term “shield” in use [for daughterboards] before arduino became popular?

The first time I heard the term "shield" in connection with arduino [some years back], I had to google it. So, I'm curious if this term—which seem to me to translate roughly as "daughterboard" ...
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Who sets “standard component” standards?

For example: the LM317. Wikipedia says it was invented by National Semiconductor employees in 1970 — but now if I search for "LM317 datasheet" the results include PDFs from Fairchild Semiconductor, ...
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Does reverse biasing hold any meaning in case if both terminals are n type semiconductors?

When we talk about an n-p-n transistor in common emitter configuration, we often say that emitter-collector circuit (the one towards right) is reverse biased. In what sense it is reverse biased? Here, ...
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Translating SIMetrix/SIMPLIS help into other language [closed]

The SIMPLIS Periodic Operating Point (POP) analysis excels at finding the steady-state ON-OFF limit cycle of a stable periodic switching system. Couldn't you explain me the sense of the sentence ...
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Is there a difference between a choke, a reactor, and an inductor?

I've seen all three of these terms used interchangeably. But once when I did so, I was told I was using one of the terms incorrectly. Are these terms, in fact, equivalent? Or are there differences ...
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What is the proper name for 'audio codec' ?

Is there any formal name for audio codecs? My lecturer said today that audio codec is a jargon and I should not use these words in my diploma, unfortunately she did not tell me if there is a proper ...
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What is a channel tap?

In wireless communication, I am confused about what people are referring to when they use the term 'channel tap.' Can someone explain the term or provide me a definition? Any help will be ...
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Why are NAND flash and NOR flash named using the terms NAND and NOR?

Is the naming of the two flash architectures related to differences between the two types of logic gates? If so, how? Why does or doesn't this difference also apply to different DRAM or SRAM ...
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What do the numbers on a zener diode signify

I have a zener diode obtained by reverse engineering, there is an icon of what is surely the mathematical model, and there are two numbers 41 and underneath 48, what do these signify?
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When did the term “Electronics” come into common use [closed]

I know from watching old movies that in the U.S., for a time at the dawn of the vacuum tube era, the term "radio" was used to refer to the field of electronics (in addition to the medium of broadcast ...
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Push button switch terminology

I'm looking for a push button switch that when you press it, it is open and then when you press it again, it is closed. I believe this is called an "alternate action" push button switch. Is this ...
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“Clocking” and “Latching” with Arduino

I've just started using IC's, and am am trying to understand exactly how they work. I know that you must first clock in data to the shift register using Arduino's ...
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Is it correct to use “wattage” and “amperage” instead of “power” and “current”?

Is it legitimate to call the name of an electrical quantity with the name of the unit of that quantity by adding the -age suffix to it? Examples: ...
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Is there a difference between “voltage supply” and “power supply”? [duplicate]

A device, circuit, actuator or chemical structure which outputs a fixed voltage level is usually called with one of the following terms. Voltage Source Voltage Supply Power Supply Is there any ...
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What does “16 -> 14 AWG” mean?

I'm looking at this product, contacts for a connector. The text says: Molex 19420 Series PCB Connector Contact, 2.55 x 2.8 mm, 16 → 14 AWG Tin Plated What does the last part mean? 16 → ...
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What is the technical standard name for the USB connector used for Samsung Behold phone

I am in search of the technical name for the connector used for charging and data transfer in samsung behold sgh t919. One end is USB standard, what is the other end named? Is it an International or ...
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What is power supply resolution?

In PIC12C5XX programming guide I found a requirement: 1.1 Hardware Requirements The PIC12C5XX requires two programmable power supplies, one for V_DD (2.0V to 6.5V recommended) and one for ...
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Push button switch terminology question

What is the proper term for the upper part, the one we push on push button switches? Is it button or knob (I also saw it referred as head and actuator)? I am asking because I want to buy some for a ...
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Can features like ADC and PWM on a pin be considered as functions/configurations of a GPIO?

this is more or less a question about wording. I am designing an API and need to figure out whether or not the namespace name used is correct or needs to be refactored. The namespace is called GPIO ...
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The various terms for voltage

I am trying to get a handle on some electrical circuit diagrams I've been encountering as I try to get back into electronics and building electronic gadgets. I've encountered a number of terms for ...
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Driving, feeding and similar terms in electronics

My technical background isn't very strong, and I often hear about one circuit "driving" another, or "feeding" it. Although, intuitively, I believe I understand the concept, I am not sure I would be ...
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The term `frequency' in EE (especially signal theory)

In physics, frequency is simply \$f\$. I mean, Frequency: \$f\$ (with unit Hz = s-1) Angular frequency: \$\omega = 2\pi f\$ (with unit rad/s) However, when I read EE textbooks, they use `frequency' ...
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Is it a bus or driver? [closed]

A responsible designer has decided that we have a bus on the right and a buffer on the left. Do you think the same?
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light sensor brick - what is n pin? [closed]

I'm using a light brick sensor, which has a 4 pin grove interface and a 3 pin 2.54mm pin interface. Sorry for the dumb question, but in the groove interface pin, there is a 'n' pin I don't know the ...
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Electric vs Electrical vs Electronic

I want to know if the words electric, electrical, and electronic can be used interchangeably. They all seem to mean about the same thing... Any suggestions?
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Common vs. ground

I've been trained to use the word ground and the ground symbol to refer to the earth, the dirt on which we stand. Circuit common is considered to be a separate concept, with the symbol . My ...
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Why is a non-rechargeable cell a “primary” cell, and a rechargeable cell “secondary”

I was relating the Digi-Key Trivia Thursday question to my friend today and he was confused why a rechargeable cell is "secondary", and all I could reply with is "it just is". The Wikipedia article ...
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What is I2S and DSP? [closed]

I am learning to build an amp.(TA2020, circuit from datasheet). I would like to know about the I2S and DSP, and when and how to integrate these tech. Specifically speaking, if i am suppose to ...
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What does the “phase margin” parameter of an opamp imply?

I was reading datasheet of MCP6072. I saw a parameter namely "phase margin" (table 1-2, page 4). As far as I know, "phase margin" is a control engineering term, and implies the phase difference ...
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Standard nomenclature for 2-row connector numbering schemes

Two-row connector blocks are ubiquitous in small-run and hobbyist PCB designs. Pitches of 0.1" or 2mm are the most common, and there are all sorts of options for board-to-board or board-to-wire ...
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What is proper polyphase AC terminology?

I'm not entirely clear on the proper terminology for polyphase AC systems. I hear it used informally, but I'm not sure what the proper formal names are, if there are any. How I've got it in my head is ...
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What is the name of the edge of a flat-panel display? [closed]

Computer monitors, television screens, and other displays usually (until recently) have what looks like a picture frame around them which protrudes from the plane of the screen. Touchscreen phones and ...
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What do peak-to-valley and mm/µV mean?

I was reading a document where it says Adjust the signal generator to apply a 1mV peak-to-valley input 6Hz triangular signal at a gain of 0.001mm/µV. What does peak-to-valley mean hear? Is ...
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Why are capacitor sizes rarely expressed in nanofarads?

Many capacitance values occurring in electronic circuits can be conveniently expressed in nanofarads, e.g. "a 10nF decoupling capacitor" . However, the use of the term "nanofarads" or its ...
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Do engineers use the term “shortage” for a short? [closed]

Someone criticized another for using the term "shortage." In all my life I have heard of electrical shorts, a "short" meaning "short-circuit." But I never heard this called a shortAGE. Is ...
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What does “load” mean and what are the different types? [duplicate]

What are all the different types of "load" and what are the key important facts to know about each?
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What does “material finish” imply in heat-sink terminology?

I was looking for a heat sink in a long list of products. In heat-sink datasheets, I usually see terms like anodized, no finish or degreased finish. What do these terms mean? What information they ...
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Terminology question: does the term “bit-banging” implies not using external signal edge interrupts for timing?

Assuming I realize some communication protocol (e.g. SPI or I2C) just with GPIOs (no dedicated HW). In order to handle timing, I can either: set interrupt on the CLK edge set timer interrupt and ...
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What is (phase lock loop)PLL?, Lock Range & Capture Range? [closed]

The explanation of a PLL is here, for a PLL, what is the meaning of the following terms? Capture Range ? Lock Range ? What is it about the PLL circuit that might have these two terms span a ...
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Isn't calling USB 3.0 nodes “hubs” inaccurate?

Host transmitted protocol packets are routed through intervening hubs directly to a peripheral device. They do not traverse bus paths that are not part of the direct path between the host and ...
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What does “CL” stand for in this processor architecture block diagram?

I'm learning about pipelining but can't understand this abbreviation: "CL". You can see it in processors' schemes. It is shown with with and without a line above it; what is the line for? Diagram ...
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tsop348 infrared receiver

Why do they tell that • Burst length should be 10 cycles/burst or longer. After each burst which is between 10 cycles and 70 cycles a gap time of at least 14 cycles is necessary whereas I ...
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What are ALMs, LEs and ALUTs?

Does ALM mean "Adaptive logic module"? www.altera.com/literature/ds/ds_nios2_perf.pdf‎ Jul 1, 2013 - One ALUT is equivalent to about 1.25 LEs. Does LE mean logic element and ALUT means ...
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is an electronic device/component really burn?

I often read/hear that "my device is burnt" or "... component is burnt due to over voltage" or ".. ESD (board) is burnt when I hold it" etc. I wonder why "burn" is used to describe it? Is something ...
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What is Atmel's 2x5 ICSP connector called?

I'm looking for a male connector that fits in the left female connector shown in the image. My goal is to break each lead out to holes on a breadboard. What is that kind of 2x5 connector called? ...
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What does “6 V stop-start applications” mean?

I read the following in the NXP TDF8530 leaflet: this ultra-efficient device supports 6 V stop-start applications and delivers audiophile sound quality What does that "6 V stop-start ...
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What does the term “bias” mean?

I've see a number of terms that make reference to the word "bias". I've read the wikipedia article but I'm after are more practical answer. Some examples of what a forward or reverse biased device is ...
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Why is the circuit board abreviation for transistor “Q”?

On circuit boards, I see that transistors are "Q", but why Q? Shouldn't "TR" be transformer, so transistor can be "T" because transistors seem to be more common then transformers.
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What is the origin of the “r” in resistance measurements? [duplicate]

In a post to the diyaudio forums, www.diyaudio.com/forums 67232, I see terminology that are likely to be measurements of resistance: "0r1", "1r0", and "10r". I am thinking the "r" there means a ...