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Key (or keying plug) A projection, usually made of the same material as the connector housing, designed to provide additional polarization for mating connectors. Edge card keys fit into slots between the contact cavities.
LAN Abbreviation for Local Area Network. A privately owned network system interconnecting electronic equipment locally, as in an office building.
LCD Abbreviation for Liquid Crystal Display.
Lead(s) Another name for pins or terminals of a connector.
LED Abbreviation for Light-Emitting Diode.
LIF Abbreviation for Low Insertion Force when referring to connector contacts.
Low Profile Height of the actual visible plastic height above the PC board.
LVD Abbreviation for Low Voltage Differential, a SCSI standard that uses a 32-bit bus and supports data rates of 160MBps.
mass termination A means of terminating multiple conductors of cable to all of the IDT contacts of a connector in one pressing process. Special application tooling is required.
Mate To plug two connectors together.