Glossary of Design Terms

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Technical jargon and terminology is something that typically 'goes with the territory' for most involved in the design of electronic products. But different design tools often adopt a terminology all their own, associated with the features and functionality they deliver.

In some cases, moving from one tool to another would be a breeze, if only the terminology - for similar features - were the same, or at least explained. While the former is not going to happen any time soon, the latter can be handled effectively through use of a Glossary.

This page aims to satisfy this very requirement, and presents the meanings behind various terms that appear while designing with Altium Design solutions, clustered into suitable categories.

By no means exhaustive, this glossary of terms associated to designing with Altium will continue to grow over time, but all the while helping to demystify the unfamiliar jargon you may encounter.

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