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The broad field of rotating components as supplied to advanced electronic systems is surveyed. Types of components are analyzed from the point of view of the system designer. Typical equivalent circuits are presented as well as charts intended to facilitate selection and evaluation of the proper component for a given application. The effect of the component in the system is treated from both the viewpoint of the designer and the user. Physical factors which limit higher and higher performance and wider ranges of ambient conditions are presented as well as the efforts which are being made today to overcome these limitations. Engineering style handbooks with a rapid and ready guide for the choice and application of components will be presented for retention as handbook data. Finally the newest advances in the rotating component art will be discussed in light of their impact on system design and performance.