I am using a TIP120 Darlington transistor in a through-hole (specifically TO-220) package, in a very simple application which does not generate much heat.
I remember reading that the metal tab at the top is only for connecting to an optional external heat sink.
Due to a design dimensional issue (unforeseen!), I need to reduce the height of this package in my case.
Can you cut the metal tab off without any effect on the functionality of the component?