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  • the phrase 'surface mount' is used to describe electronic components attached to the board with the Surface Mount process ( see )

    Techies would say 'It's a surface mount diode' to contrast it from a 'Thru Hole' component. Surface mount components are soldered to pads on a circuit board. Thru Hole components have tinned legs which stick through a board, are soldered into the board, and then have the legs trimmed flush to the board.

    December 31, 2012