Category: BJT SPECIFICATIONS

Heat Sink in Transistor

Heat Sink in Transistor: When power is dissipated in a transistor, the heat generated must flow from the collector-base junction to the case, and then to the surrounding atmosphere. When only a very small amount of power is involved, as in a small-signal transistor, the surface area of the transistor case is normally large enough […]

Power Dissipation Rating in Transistor

Power Dissipation Rating in Transistor: Maximum Power Dissipation – Consider the portion of the data sheet for the 2N3903 and 2N3904 transistor reproduced in Fig. 8-24. The total device dissipation (PD) is specified as 625 mW at a maximum ambient temperature (TA) of 25°C. This means that (VCE x IC) must not exceed 625 mW when the surrounding […]

Transistor Circuit Noise

Transistor Circuit Noise: Unwanted signals at the output of an electronics system are termed noise. The noise amplitude may be large enough to severely distort, or completely swamp, the wanted signals. Consequently, the noise level dictates the minimum signal amplitude that can be handled. Noise originates as atmospheric noise from outside the system and as […]

Transistor Switching Times

Transistor Switching Times: For Transistor Switching Times, the switching speed of the device can be an important quantity. Consider the circuit in Fig. 8-18(a). When the base input current is applied, the transistor does not switch on immediately. Like frequency response, the Transistor Switching Times is affected by junction capacitance and the transit time of […]

BJT Circuit Frequency Response Analysis

BJT Circuit Frequency Response Analysis: Coupling and Bypass Capacitor Effects – Consider the typical BJT Circuit Frequency Response Analysis illustrated in Fig. 8-5. As discussed, the amplifier voltage gain is constant over a middle range of signal frequencies, and it falls at the low and high ends of the frequency range. The gain fall-off at […]

BJT Cutoff Frequency and Capacitance

BJT Cutoff Frequency and Capacitance: Device Cutoff Frequency – All transistors have junction capacitances. The junction capacitances and the transit time of charge carriers through the semiconductor material limit the high frequency performance of the device. This limitation is expressed as a cutoff frequency (fα), which is the frequency at which the transistor current gain […]