Field Effect Transistor, a transistor in which most current is carried along a channel whose effective resistance can be controlled by a transverse electric field. Commonly used types of FETs include the Metal Oxide Semiconductor FET (MOSFET), and less common in recent designs, the Junction Gate ...

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Does AEC-Q101 Certification mean a part has some ESD protection?

I'm working on picking out some FETs and would like to use some with ESD protection. While picking some parts out on Digikey I keep coming across datasheets that say AEC-Q101 compliant or sometimes ...
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struggling to use MOSFETs as switches: is the problem my circuit or the choice of mosfet?

We are using an arduino to selectively apply 5V to the gate of MOSFETs, with the intention that current will only be allowed to pass through our solenoid from the supply in the situation where both ...
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load switch capacitance constraint

Considering using a Load Switch like DigiKey FDC6330LDKR-ND for powering on and off a device at the far end of a cable. The voltage and current requirements are well within spec however load ...
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What's the most efficient way to derive negative voltage for a bench power supply?

I’m building a bench power supply based on two LM317 with the following specs: Input: 127VAC (from mains) Output: adjustable from 1.25VDC to 15VDC Current: limit adjustable from 100mA to 1.5A In ...
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Best transistor to use for audio amplifier

This term, we will be designing an audio amplifier. So far in our lecture, we are still at BJT and based from what I've heard, FETs will just be partly discussed unlike the thorough one on BJT. ...
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FET electrostatic damage

I have read that electrostatic charges produced by human body can be as high as up to a several thousand volts. How exactly damage of transistors happens MOSFET NPN Electrostatic voltage applied to ...
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Is there a standard way to implement desat protection on high-current FETs?

To implement desaturation protection on a switching transistor, one typically sets some manner of comparator to watch the voltage across the current flow terminals of the device. If that voltage ...
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Energy harvesting - drain capacitor when voltage is reached, ultra low power

I want to connect tiny solar cell to a capacitor, let it charge it and once voltage reaches 2V - flush it through tiny red LED. Could anyone suggest how to implement that given that charge current ...
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FET - Source follower utilizing current source to lower voltage offset

I understand that if I use a FET as a source follower, the signal will be slightly attenuated due to the fact that there is some small inherent resistance in the FET, creating a voltage divider effect ...
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Switching a circuit from an I/O

I have an audio amplifier that draws about 200-300mA max that I would like to switch on/off using either an I/O line or a the switch pin from the headphone connector. I was thinking about using an npn ...
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3 terminal 5V high side load switch with 3.3V control

So I wasn't thinking very hard when I designed a circuit to selectively power the analog portion of my design and ended up with this: simulate this circuit – Schematic created using ...
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Safely detecting presence of 12v applied via exposed terminals for use with microcontroller

I have a board which contains a microcontroller and a 10k NTC thermistor (B57421V2103J62) wired to two external terminals, one of which is common with the board ground plane. The terminals are exposed ...
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Transistor part number selection software

I know there are online/offline softwares for finding equivalents or known transistor datasheets but is there any software that works inversely? For example that I can ask the software for a ...
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FET with high current ( power JFET) low VGSoff

I am looking for a N- channel JFET part number with IDmax > = 800 mA and low VGS(off) < -15 volts. I dont focus on the frequency As an inherent charactristics of JFETs is high working frequency ...
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N-FET vs. NPN Transistor for 3v3 Logic

I'm looking at the datasheet for the MLX90333 3-axis hall effect sensor. Section 16.4 (pg 40) shows the schematic for connecting the device to a microcontroller. The MLX90333 uses a 3-wire variant of ...
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How to control the gain of FET/BJT/Op-Amp amplifier by input voltage range?

Assume I have an input voltage ranging from 5-10 MHz and want to amplify it. The case is pretty simple as any device as FET,BJT or high frequency op-amp can do the amplification well but I have a ...
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FET impedance converter (for a non FET electret mic)?

I have a few Electret Microphones (KEAG45NPF-W). But these are all without a FET. The data sheet tells me i need to add a 'FET impedance converter'. Now, i'm still learning, and i have very basic ...
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Power dissipation in Fets synchronous switcher

I'm working on a design that includes a synchronous buck switching regulator and I've been trying to understand how much power each FET will have to dissipate. I've been looking at different ...
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Second-sourceable, common series of FETs (like BCxxx or 2Nxxxx for BJTs)?

If I want a BJT in a design, I'll try to use one of the BCxxx series (e.g. BC547) or 2Nxxxx series (e.g. 2N2222) or their surface mount equivalents because they're available from multiple sources, ...
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N-Ch FET with open-drain output

I stumbled across this line in this datasheet (page 10): Serial Data Output Pin. Internal N-Ch FET with open-drain output that requires external pull-up resistor. It shifts out the previous ...
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Switching Between Two Voltage Supplies

I have been trying to work out a circuit something like the following: simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab I want VOUT to be 3V when the switch is open and 5V when ...
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Turning the PN junction of JFET on?

I am going to use a N channel JFET as a normally-ON switch. I am wondering if it would cause any problem in the long term reliability having the PN junction forward-biased. In other words, would it be ...
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What can cause a Drain-Source short in a FET?

Background: I am using a Si7456CDP N-channel MOSFET in a switching power supply. The power supply and load are housed in a plastic enclosure. Yesterday, the power supply and load were working ...