A type of bipolar transistor comprised of n-type semiconductor in contact with p-type semiconductor which in turn is in contact with a n-type semiconductor -> thus NPN. The transistor has three terminals, the Emitter, Base and the Collector. Current injected into the base controls the flow of ...

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NPN vs PNP current limiter

So I'm trying to design two mirroring current limiters for a +-15 volt power supplies. I don't understand why these two circuits don't behave more like each other. The PNP circuit has +15 on ...
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Not Gate switching

Hello I'm new to electronics. so i've created a NOT GATE with an NPN transistor like that Everything works fine for now but what i want is adding a PNP transistor that will be triggered by the NPN ...
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How can I invert this current control?

Below circuit is an emitter follower supplying current to an LED. A DAQ board is outputting 0-10VDC voltage to the base and cannot supply more than 5mA. Thats why the LED is not directly hoked up to ...
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2 NPN configuration that apparently works by small Recombination Currents

simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab In this configuration of 2 NPNs, how is V_OUT following V_IN? Ignoring recombination current: Assuming conventional current, ...
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How to distinguish PNP and NPN transistors?

I need to know how to distinguish between an NPN transistor and a PNP transistor. If I pluck any transistor from a radio, how can I know its nature using a digital multimeter?
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SR Flip-flop with 2 npn transistors - initial state

I built a SR flip-flop circuit according to this schematic with two NPN transistors: I read that the initial state of such a flip-flop is undefined. I observed that in my test circuit it's always ...
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Reason(s) why this circuit works

simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab Yesterday, I saw a schematic exactly the same as this, except the voltage connected to the relay was 12 V and different from the ...
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Voltage regulator using bipolar NPN transistor

I came across a circuit, and I got some questions about it. What is the reasoning behind using the NPN-transistor? What part of the circuit draws the most current?
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More current handling on LM2596 by adding a Transistor

I want to make an adjustable power supply based on a buck regulator. I try to add a power transistor in order to add more current handling on this DC-DC converter. I am using this concept. I remove ...
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NPN - PNP Vbe Matched Pairs.. Can I use 2N3906 with 2SC945

I am trying to build the following exponential converter circuit from the Thomas Henry "Making Music with the 3080 OTA" document. simulate this circuit – Schematic created using ...
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hfe of transistor in active region

I've been studying NPN's and I'm trying to calculate the voltages and currents. Consider the following transistor circuit simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab with ...
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Does Transistor NPN only amplify Positive charge? [closed]

I know my question might be a bit "stupid", as I am now a student. I created a circuit like this ... But it does not work. (I mean the DC Motor does not turns.) simulate this circuit – ...
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Modulating UART output with PWM

I would like to modulate a UART output with a PWM signal. I think the following schematics should work. Can you see any mistake? The result I'm expecting: PWM = GND and UART = VCC -> LED is on PWM ...
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What limits the current in a Darlington pair?

I am unsure how the TIP120 doesn't blow up in the given equivalent circuit from the datasheet: I understand that the user will probably use some sort of current limiting resistor before the left ...
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Turning on an LED based on light and darkness?

I know this question has been asked a lot of times and there are a lot of tutorials but please bare with me for one second. I understand the basic concept but based on my simulated results, one thing ...
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Why load in NPN transistor switch are located in collector circuit?

I make a simple transistor switch. I read the theory and in many sources I saw that load (with NPN transistor as a switch) are connected to collector circuit, not an emitter circuit (pic.1, for ...
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High Power LED Strobe making a Whining Noise when powered by a PWM signal

I am trying to control/fade a couple of High Power LEDs, these are basically 12V 18W LEDs inside a nice package. I want to use an Arduino and a N-Channel MOSFET to adjust the brightness. I tested ...
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decreasing base current on saturated npn transistor

I would like to know if decreasing the current at the base on a saturated transistor(as in the attached photo) will cause the transistor gain to increase and by that, to maintain the collector ...
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How to measure a BC-547 transistor's details?

I am new in electronics. What I am trying to do is measuring everything of BC-547 transistor's details from a basic circuit design practically. I want to measure as example: collector-emitter ...
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Comparing sensitivity to temperature changes of BJT (transistor) circuits in Common Emitter Configuration

I measured Ic variation with Ib when Vce = 15v kept constant for BJT (NPN) in Common Emitter config and also BJT Common Emitter config with series 47 Ohm resistor connected. From the experiment I ...
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What does reverse diode on NPN symbol indicate?

Update: A diode in this position is (at least sometimes) referred to as an anti-parallel diode. This term brings up a lot more results on search. I've been scavenging parts from compact fluorescent ...
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what is the collector gain of a transistor?

I was wondering what exactly collector gain is for npn transistors, or more specifically if there is some sort of equation for getting it, and if its value changes as you change the input ...
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V CE in the emitter follower configuration

Is it true that voltage between collector and emitter is 0 in the emitter follower configuration? (We intentionally use the saturation region of the transistor)?
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PNP to NPN Transistor switch

I'm working on project that requires I switch a 12v power supply on the high side of a circuit, using a 3.3v micro controller. To make this work, I'm thinking a can connect a PNP transistor on the ...
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about semiconductors

I have got the following doubt. Hope you clarify it. Thanks in advance electron when finishes its life time recombines with hole in valence band . its given that in an pnp transistor holes of emitter ...
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Transistor with emitter attached to another transistor's base

I made a circuit that looks something like this: simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab If I touch the loose wire with my finger, the LED will light up. Could someone ...
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BEC or CEB NPN Transistor [closed]

I am looking for a small, inexpensive NPN transistor, similar to 2N4401 in specs, with a BEC or CEB pinout. Does anyone know of any?
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Forced beta too small

Let's take an example in which the recommended beta for a transistor's(NPN) saturation is 10.If you use a forced beta smaller than 10,will the transistor still be saturated succesfully?Can hFE be ...
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Help to calculate the collector current

Above circuit is taken from a book. It uses an NPN and a PNP transistor combination. In saturation, the author's answer to the Q2's collector current is 4.4mA and claims only 0.6mA of it comes from ...
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A confusion on the current gain of an NPN transistor

In above screenshot V2 is increasing ramp voltage from 0 to 12V, which accordingly increases Ib. Transistor is an NPN type. Ic(q1) is the collector current. Vce = V1 is a constant 1V. So it means ...
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No plot for DC current gain in datasheet

Here is the data-sheet: https://www.fairchildsemi.com/datasheets/2N/2N4401.pdf I want to use a 2N4401 NPN transistor in active region for amplification, and I want to know its beta(DC current gain) ...
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Vce too high. Help?

I have been working on a high-powered LED light bar. The design powers them almost directly from the mains, but limits current using a 555 and beefier NPN. Below is a simplified schematic. Obviously ...
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Why am I getting negative base current in LTSpice simulation?

When I was trying to bias an NPN transistor I noticed that the base current Ib is negative in LTSpice. So for the sake of simplicity I only apply voltage to the base-emitter junction. As you see in ...
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BJT transistors AND gate

I am trying to build a simple AND gate using 2 2N2222 transistors and the +5V source from an Arduino board. At first I tried the circuit without the R1 and R2 resistors but the output was 1 when B was ...
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Using NPN-Transistor as switch not working

I have following schematic: simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab But the motor is not working, the NPN-Transistor does not seem to let any current through. What am ...
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How to send out 60khz signal from antenna?

BACKGROUND In Japan there are radio-controlled clocks. Time is synchronized by 40khz (in west Japan) and 60khz (in east Japan) radio, which is broadcast from transmission towers. The signal is known ...
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Finding “beta” in an NPN transistor

I am trying to figure out "beta" value of an NPN transistor, but I am not allowed to measure current directly. (Although I do have access to lab equipment and other components such as multimeters, ...
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NPN and PNP Built-in Voltage

Does the base-emitter connected BJT have the same built in voltage as the base collector connected BJT? Why or why not?
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What is the purpose of this transistor in an Apple Time Capsule?

While taking apart a 2009 Apple Time Capsule, I found a 2N3904 NPN transistor on a 2-wire cable with the emitter connected to one wire and the base and collector connected together and to the other ...
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Is this NPN transistor AND logic gate practical?

Most places on the internet that I see give a schematic for an AND gate that is something like this: simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab The only thing about this ...
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How to determine value of Vbe ON in BJT

I have to do a lab report which requires me to know the value of the base emitter voltage of the BJT in the forward active region. Last week in lab I measured a lot of data points for different Ib Ic ...
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NPN vs PNP at H bridges

Lots of different darlington pairs datasheets indicates that NPN are faster(lower rise and fall times), stronger(has a higher Hfe and bigger current maximum) and because of gate source tension, easier ...
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Thoughts about H bridge

I'm planning to build a pwm driven H bridge. I have all set up, flyback diodes, pull up and down resistors on high and low on bridge's side, decoupling capacitors and so on, but I only have TIP122 ...
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How does this simple 2 NPN, 2 cap, 4 resister flashing circuit work? [duplicate]

I discovered this circuit and I am fascinated at how simple and effective it is. I am also unable to figure out how or why it works. Can some one explain how the is circuit is able to flash? You ...
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NPN Transistor; base grounding through emitter

I am using NPN transistors in an H-bridge to connect a DC motor to ground. My problem is the base of the transistor seems to be grounding through the emitter pulling the value of my logic circuit to ...
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NPN transistor negative base voltage

In this circuit, when I switch off the transistor opening the switch SW1, a negative Voltage of circa -6.5V appears at its base. I would like to understand why, my first hypotesis is because of the ...
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does NPN transistor allow current to flow when applying +ve to base from diff battery?

Please forgive me if this is a stupid question, I am not an electronics student but a software developer trying to understand a transistor behaviour. I just learned about transistor a few minutes ago ...
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emitter to base amazing transistor effect

As I'm a beginner I was playing with transistors connecting them parallel, serial, making AND/ OR logic gates and so on. I connected all collectors to + and each transistor emitter to another one's ...
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How to drive high current transistor with Arduino?

I need to control a 6 volt 100w watt incandescent bulb with my Arduino. I was thinking of using a TIP35C transistor but I realized the 40mA(max) output of the pins on the Arduino would be inadequate. ...
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What's the name of this NPN configuration?

I can't find it anywhere. I know it's not a darlington pair. I tried looking at the 'common emitter' configuration but the explanations of that all talk about a single transistor. The switch on the ...