Updated: 02/01/2021 by Computer Hope
Printed circuit board

Sometimes abbreviated as a board, a PCB is short for printed circuit board and was invented by Paul Eisler while working on a radio in 1936. A PCB is made of plastic or fiberglass that holds ICs and other components. A good example of a PCB found in all computers today is the computer motherboard. The circuit board is most often green from the solder mask that coats the board, however, can be any other color, including red, blue, and even black. The picture is close-up of a printed circuit board.

What is the biggest circuit board in a computer?

In a desktop computer, the motherboard is the largest circuit board that all other boards and devices connect to and communicate with each other.

What are the boards that connect to a motherboard?

In a desktop computer, expansion cards can be added to a computer to upgrade an existing component (e.g., a video card) or add new functionality to a computer.

What is on a circuit board?

A circuit board may have one or more of each of the following components soldered onto them. More complex circuit boards like the motherboard may have other components not found on most circuit boards.

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