"fab" = bare board
"pca" = built board
"pcb" = not specific to either of above
"board" = ditto
"pwb" = a dweeb term for "fab", never used by cool guys
"pwa" i never saw/heard that one

Dennis Saputelli

Ian Wilson wrote:
> 
> G'Day all,
> 
> I was having an email discussion the recently...
> 
> We use the term printed circuit board (or PCB) to describe the bare board
> (no components fitted) and the term printed wiring assembly (PWA) for the
> assembly (PCB + components).  Some of the younger colleagues around here
> are comfortable with PCB and "assembled PCB" as meaing the board and the
> board+components respectively.
> 
> (One of the older school here use the term PWB (printed wiring board)
> interchangeably with PCB.  And PCA (printed wiring assembly)
> interchangeably with PWA.  No guessing which industry he came from...)
> 
> How do others interpret the following terms?
> PCB (printed circuit board)
> PWA (printed wiring assembly)
> 
> What term(s) do you use for the assembled PCB?
> 
> Hooroo,
> Ian Wilson
> 
> (Maybe the Topic Police will get cranky over this flagrant mis-use of
> electrons but we can move to the OT list if it gets out of hand.)
> 
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