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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MOSFET with *actual pin* for body

I have always thought that MOSFETs have four pins [see wikipedia], one of them connected to the body (i.e. substrate). However, when trying to order some, I have been completely unable to find any ...
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Some doubts on terminology

I've noticed that sometimes electronic engineers switch terms or have more than one term for the same thing. I wanted to ask, specifically in this question, what are these terms referring to: ...
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Technical term for this kind of PLC I/O?

I don't claim to be an electrical engineer or even an electrician as I work with software more often than hardware, my job does however often work with panel wiring and wiring I/O; I was hoping ...
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What does V(L) stand for in Translators?

This may be an easy question, but I do not understand why Maxim uses the letter "L" within the second supply voltage for MAX13046E. Other manufacturers like TI and NXP use names such as VCC(A), VCC(B) ...
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Is it voltage or power of the signal amplified when the opamp amplification is given in dB unit?

Today, one of my colleague said that he entered a preliminary examination in a company after his job application. One of the questions is exactly "Design a non-inverting amplifier with 20dB gain.". ...
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What is the difference between voltage UNBALANCE and voltage IMBALANCE?

I'm a Brazilian (so not a native English speaker) who just came across the user guide of a power quality analyser which has, among its features, measurement of both "voltage unbalance" as well as ...
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Is there any less awkward way of saying “response to to a step change in the amplitude of the input waveform”?

Exactly what the title says. I'm writing a technical report on a project I'm doing and I have one circuit which takes in a sine wave of various amplitudes, does a bunch of stuff to it and produces ...
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What does 'W/DIO' mean when used for MOSFET descriptions?

For example on Farnell: VISHAY SILICONIX SIHP18N50C-E3 MOSFET,N CH,W DIO,500V,18A,TO220AB I've googled it in various forms but all it returns is other listings for MOSFETs with that in the title. I ...
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Circuit providing output?

What does it mean for a circuit to provide an output power of say 1000W? Is "circuit providing power" referring to the battery supplying energy to the external circuit, or is it referring to the power ...
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What is an electrode?

According to wiki, an electrode is an electrical conductor used to make contact with a nonmetallic part of a circuit (e.g. a semiconductor, an electrolyte or a vacuum). Examples of electrodes are the ...
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What is Switch Contact Rating?

If Contact Rating of switch is 5A 240V AC & 0.25A 240 DC, Then is this switch can be used for contact rating of 220V (+10, -15% voltage variation) AC & 127V (+10, -15% voltage variation)
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Identification Request: 10:4 pin cable

What are cables like this called? (Bonus: what are the parts called?)
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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 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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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 ...