What does this symbol represent?

Mystery symbol

It was found on the circuit diagram for a TDS973A a board for which this was the only information I was able to find online.

Schematic containing symbol

  • 3
    \$\begingroup\$ closing A, C, and D seems to be the nuclear option \$\endgroup\$
    – dlatikay
    Aug 21, 2019 at 21:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ @dlatikay I wonder if there's a mistake in the schematic somewhere around D. It seems to connect "peripheral +12V" to 5V, which sounds undesirable at best. \$\endgroup\$
    – mbrig
    Aug 23, 2019 at 19:40

2 Answers 2


These are "solder links" and could look like:

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Note how the top right one looks the most similar to the symbol from the schematic.

These are copper shapes on a PCB.

If you don't do anything these structures will be an "open" so they make no connection.

But using a soldering iron and some solder it is easy to apply some solder and make that connection.

This can be used to connect / disconnect certain parts of a circuit on a PCB and so set certain options, for example to feed a certain voltage to a line (or not).

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    \$\begingroup\$ Note, symbols with arrows instead of shapes are not solder-bridge points, but a purpose-built gap to allow arcing under certain controlled circumstances. Solder-bridge points are not designed for that. \$\endgroup\$
    – rdtsc
    Aug 21, 2019 at 13:02

Those are solder-bridge points and the circuit symbol accurately represents the shape of the PCB pads.

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Figure 1. Options J1, J2 and J4 have been bridged. Option J3 has been left open. Source: PCB Libraries.


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