ASSEMBLY
  •   the process of combining devices and components into a higher-level system

BIT
  •   single binary value of '1' or '0'

BOARD
  •   a flat piece of copper-plated fibreglass or plastic on which components are placed and soldered to to form connections.

CHIP
  •   a circuit printed in aluminum, copper or gold on a tiny piece of silicon (see integrated circuit)

CIRCUIT
  •   a set of paths that electric currents travel trhough, usually including the source of electric energy

CODE
  •   a set of numbers, letters, or signals used in electronics to represent data, instructions, words or images, etc.

COMPUTER
  •   electronic machine that stores information and follows instructions to process it

DEVELOPMENT
  •   the process of combining simpler components into something more advanced, such as connecting chips in circuits to make a computer

DEVICES
  •   an individual component that performs a specific set of tasks or functions

ELECTRICAL
  •   using or carrying currents produced by voltages between circuit nodes (Example

ELECTRICITY
  •   the flow (AC or DC current) or accumulation (static electricity) of electrons

ELECTRONIC
  •   similar to electrical, but usually more integrated and complex circuits and functions (Example

EMBEDDED
  •   a device that performs a critical function in a larger unit (Example

ENGINEER
  •   someone applies scientific principles in an elegant manner to build roads, bridges, machines etc.

ESD
  •   Electro-Static Discharge - an event that occurs when electrostatic charge is transferred as a current through a conductor (Example

FORTRAN
  •   an early programming language used for science and engineering

FUZZY
  •   unclear or lacking specifics; a type of calculation logic that attempts to mimic complex human decisions

GREY GOOP
  •   (see also Solder Paste)

INFORMATION
  •   a meaningful arrangement or sequence of data

INTEGRATED CIRCUIT
  •   a chip or device that incorporates multiple functions or data processing elements

MAINFRAME
  •   a large computer that can be used by many people, originally named after the early floor-standing

MANUFACTURING
  •   process of assembling devices or systems into more complex devices or systems using machines

MEMORY
  •   a device or subsystem that stores information, usually in a large array of cells which store bits

MICROCHIPS
  •   a very small piece of silicon containing circuits designed to perform one or more functions

NETWORK
  •   a system of interconnected systems that allows communication between them

NOISE
  •   to people, usually an annoying sound, in electronics, spurious signals that interfere with information integrity

"NUTS-AND-VOLTS"
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PATENTS
  •   a temporary initial monopoly for an inventor to make and sell a new product

PICK AND PLACE
  •   an automated process of removing devices from their packaging and placing them in the right place on a circuit board

PLASTIC
  •   the quality of being easily made into any shape

PRINTER
  •   a machine connected to a computer that puts documents from the computer onto paper

REEL
  •   a round object, similar to a movie film reel, onto which devices in regularly spaced plastic tape carriers are wound

REFLOW
  •   the method of applying heat to solder until it liquifies and flows between connections, via hot air convection or infrared radiation

SCANNING
  •   in which a machine produces a picture of the inside of your body

SCIENCE
  •   knowledge about the physical world, especially based on examining, testing, and validation of hypothesis

SEMICONDUCTOR
  •   a crystalline substance such as silicon, that allows electric charges to be modulated, stored, switched or impeded

SOFTWARE
  •   sets of instructions that tell a computer what to do (see also Code)

SOIC
  •   Small Outline Integrated Circuit, a specific standard microchip encapsulation packaging shape

SOLDER
  •   a soft metal, historically a mixture of lead, tin and antimony, which can be melted and used to fasten together two metal surfaces, wires etc.

SOLDER PASTE
  •   a mixture of flux and microspheres of solder which are applied to contact areas, either by hand or silkscreen in preparation for device placement and reflow

SOT
  •   Small Outline Transistor, a specific standard microchip encapsulation packaging shape with 3 or more contacts

SYSTEM
  •   a group of related components assembled as a whole for a particular function

TECHNOLOGY
  •   machines, equipment, and ways of working that are based on science

TEST
  •   to measure a device's or system's functionality by applying multiple input values and verifying proper output responses

TRANSISTOR
  •   a basic semiconductor element that controls the flow of electricity in one path by the signal applied to another