by John Walt Childers, IPC-CID, Founder of Golden Gate Graphics
Golden Gate Graphics is an official Altium Service Bureau
Terms that contain digits are alphabetized as if the numeric characters were spelled in English.
Terms with two or more words are alphabetized "dictionary style." They are alphabetized as though the spaces between the terms have been removed.
If there are other characters in the term, such as a slash (/), these are treated the same as spaces and ignored for the purpose of alphabetizinig.
NC drill Numeric Controlled (computer controlled) drill machine. A machine used to drill the holes in a printed board at exact locations, which are specified in a data file. Also known as CNC (Computerized Numeric Controlled) drill machine.
NC drill file A text file which tells an NC drill where to drill its holes.
netlist List of names of symbols or parts and their connection points which are logically connected in each net of a circuit. A netlist can be "captured" (extracted electronically on a computer) from a properly prepared CAE schematic. .
non-collapsing (NON-kə-LAP-sing) Pronunciation Key modifier [Components] (of BGA balls) not losing height during reflow soldering. The solder paste flows during soldering, but the ball maintains its size and shape. The non-collapsing balls are commonly the case when ball-pitch is 0.5 mm or less, where the Land (pad) is larger than the ball to allow for via-in-pad technology and provide an adequate annular ring.
This is the best, most usable dictionary for electronics, because its
definitions help you grasp the terms and therefore the subject. Lesser
dictionaries define electronics terms with even more difficult technical
jargon, leading one into endless "word chains." Not this one.
You can buy the Modern Dictionary of Electronics new or used via the Internet.
You need a big, comprehensive dictionary. Get this one. Despite being a big dictionary, The Random House has great definitions, quick to grasp.
Although out of print, as of 2020 you could still buy a great used copy online for $30 including shipping or possibly for much less. Two versions are available of the 2nd Edition, Unabridged: