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Components are the most basic elements in an electronic circuit. Characteristic is that they're in a single package. There are passive and active components, from as simple as a zero -ohm resistor to as complex as a multi-billion transistor IC.

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Do these components have a lifespan while been unused? Do the insides end up degrading and become unusable like cars? Or do they just... Sit there? Sure, this lifespan is called shelf life. What happens when it passes? Here is an analysis with nice pictures. Here is another one. …
answered Jan 8 '15 by Lior Kogan