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Oxidize Mixing a compound of oxygen with one or more metallic elements resulting in contamination such as rust. Unplated or tin plated connector contacts can oxidize after a lengthy shelf life.
Package In connectors, the housing or insulator material that hold the contacts.
panel mount A method of mounting a connector (usually female) to a board, panel, or frame.
Parallel Port Socket used for connecting external devices to a computer. A parallel port contains eight lines for transmitting an entire byte simultaneously.
PB Abbreviation for phosphor bronze, a contact material
PCB Printed Circuit Board
PCMCIA Personal Computer Memory Card International Association - Industry group founded to establish standards for PC cards.
peripheral equipment In a computer system, all equipment that is attached to the main computer e.g.; printer, scanner, etc.
PGA Abbreviation for Pin Grid Array. An IC with rows of short round pins extending out the bottom in any number of configurations.
pin contact A male terminal or lead, usually designed to mate with a socket or female contact.