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Dictionary of Electrical Engineering

Commonly used terms in the Electrical industry.

CAD

See computer-aided design
computer-aided design (CAD)
field of electrical engineering concerned with producing new algorithms/programs which aid the designer in the complex tasks associated with designing and building an integrated circuit. There are many subfields of electrical CAD: simulation, synthesis, physical design, testing, packaging, and semiconductor process support.
SCADA
acronym for supervisory control and data acquisition. A system which measures critical power system parameters (e.g., voltage, power flow, circuit breaker status, and generator outputs) at remote points in an electric power system and transmits the data to a central control site where these conditions may be monitored.