Most generally a class of materials that are neither insulators or conductors in their natural state but which can be manipulated via doping or electric fields to change the conduction state. Silicon, Germanium, GaAs are some usual materials. The term is also used to speak about devices that are ...

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When, and how far to use AEC-Q100/automotive qualified parts

When designing non-critical electronics to be fitted in road vehicles, how much of the design should use AEC-Q100 (or any other automotive quality standard) qualified parts? Should all semiconductors ...
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How exactly does a transistor amplify the input current in CE configuration

I have gone through tons of forum discussions and videos and books but they all explain in terms of mathematical equations that factor the input by a 'larger than 1' number. What happens physically ...
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Why does the intensity of light in LEDs not increase with current after a particular value?

I read in books that light intensity from an LED does not increase beyond a certain value of current. The amount of light emitted depends on the combination of holes and electrons. If so, then as the ...
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Thermal Runaway in Diodes

Datasheet for 1N5406 diode states "3.0 ampere operation at Ta = 75°C with no thermal runaway". What does this mean exactly? Can I place these in parallel to increase current capability?
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JFET - Pinch off voltage value

I have a JFET channel N and I have N_A, N_D, V_TH and the width of the channel without any bias voltage applied. I need to know the cut-off voltage. The cut-off voltage is the pinch-off voltage, ...
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Why does a BJT act as an amplifier in the linear region?

I'm covering BJT's in my semiconductor class and in lecture, the professor said that BJTs are used as amplifiers in the linear region. I'm confused because I thought the gain was proportional to the ...
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Do LED have an unproductive base power consumption like incandescent bulbs?

To generate light from an incandescent body, like a tungsten filament, the body needs to be heated up to a temperature minimum needed to emmit light from that material. Up to that minimum ...
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How is a semiconductor electrically neutral?

I'm in the process of learning how transistors works, which starts with understanding how doping is used to create n-type and p-type semiconductor materials. All the resources I've read sort of ...
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Need help identifying a component

I'm doing a repair job on a hard drive logic board which has a blown component. I'm used to dealing with SATA drives where the TVS diodes have suffered damage and therefore taking them out of line / ...
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Which Material is used for High Speed Devices Germanium or Silicon & Why?

Actually i am get confused with electron mobility & it's role in deciding a material for Some particular application.
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Using a single inverter to turn a light off

I'm planning on adding two strips of LED lights to the edge of my headlight enclosure. This is obviously an aesthetic "mod" however I'd like it to be semi useful as well. I'd like to be able to wire ...
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Diode at reverse biasing

Why the electrons don't move that way : giving that : 1- if the electrons of n type managed to get to p type and electric field will help them circulate again as electrons flow against electric ...
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What happened to my second half cycle of my half wave rectifier?

When I'm doing a simple half-wave rectifier with the set-up as shown above (Note: Diode D2 is not connected) and connected terminal 5 and 4 with positive and negative terminal of oscilloscope, this ...
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Why are silicon wafers used in semiconductor production round?

Wafers used for making semiconductors are round -- but this wastes quite a few chips around the periphery of the wafer in the fabrication process. Wouldn't it make sense to make the wafer as a square ...
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BJT Transistor Collector Current

As seen from the question above , I'm required to calculate Ic for both cases. Why am I not able to get the answer by using the formula \$I_C = I_s e^{V_{be}/V_T}\$ ? I was only able to get the ...
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Question on uniform semiconductor doping

So my question is shown above. For sample A , I tried to substitute the value of NA into the equation for law of mass action , but I was unable to get the answer. I had to use the equation for ...
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How do holes conduct current?

I have some questions about holes in a semiconductor. When I checked the net I found holes are said to be equivalent positive charge and they say because the hole moves from one place to another when ...
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Why diodes are made up with semiconductor?

I am little bit confuse about 'Why diodes are made of semiconductors'. I know the properties of semiconductor and also know the process of doping but still confuse to get the answer. Why the making of ...
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How does cold weather affect the electronics

At Why exactly do chips start malfunctioning once they overheat? Sharptooth asked a very nice question about how does overheat affect electronics. That raised me the question of what does cold ...
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Bistable circuts based on non-linear effects (like breakdown)?

Is there any known bistable circuits, which utilize parts in non-conventional mode, so that circuit is somewhat simpler than Bistable Multivibrator? Something like non-destructive breakdown of PN ...
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Gold coated pads

Is there any difference between a gold coated pad and a gold pad? I have been ordering boards from OSH park, they are really good quality, I'm just wondering what benefits this has over silver or bare ...
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What's the current-vs-bias difference between a conductor and a semiconductor with free charge carriers in its conduction band?

What are the electrical differences between a piece of metal and a piece of a (heavily) doped n-Si? How would the difference in charge carrier concentration affect current flow under low-to-breakdown ...
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Diffusion process in p-n junction

While studying about Semiconductors I couldn't get why "Negative charge stop electrons from further diffusion and Positive charge stop holes from further diffusion" as stated in (p.6) of the ...
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Dark current of photodiode gets higher after heating, why?

I'm doing some experiments using photodiodes. I raised the temperature to about 1000 degree Celsius for 1 second with melting AuSn near the PIN junction. Then the dark current of photodiode is higher ...
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Finding depletion region without built in potential

I am trying to solve a problem as to find the depletion region's width of a p+-n-n diode. I am given the width of the first n region and the doping of both n regions. Here is the problem: I ...
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Cannot find built in potential for this problem

I am doing some homework for my semiconductor physics class but cannot for the life of me find out how to continue... Here is the problem: A p+ n junction is formed in an n-type substrate with ND = ...
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Why do we need transforms (Fourier, Laplace, Z and wavelet etc.) for a signal to analyse?

Why do we need transforms (Fourier, Laplace, Z and wavelet etc.) for a signal to analyse? Is it necessary for practical calculations and analysis?
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Charge carrier concentration - intrinsic and extrinsic semiconductors

We define the charge carrier concentration in intrinsic semiconductors as: $$n^2_i = n_h \times n_e$$ In intrinsic semiconductors we say that these will be equal in number, and hence $$n_i = n_h = ...
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Making transistors or semiconductors at home

The transistor was invented some 50 65 years ago, so is it not about time to be able to make transistors or other semiconductors at home? Would that be possible?
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Metal semiconductor contacts

I’m headed back to the CNF (http://www.cnf.cornell.edu/) shortly. It’s a user clean room facility for semiconductor processing. My goal is to make some very simple samples, for use in student teaching ...
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Why does it take several seconds of time for the photodiodes to come out of saturation?

I am currently studying about photodiodes and came across this fact that photodiodes take quite a bit of time to come out of the saturation. What really happens during this time (after it is saturated ...
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How to remove energy from inductor using semiconductors?

So I have this coil and I'm driving dc current through it. This coil has inductance and thus stores energy from the dc current. I have to remove this energy before I can change the polarity of my ...
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How to build an H-bridge using MOSFETs? [duplicate]

I want to reverse the polarity of my current source, which is a capacitor in this case, in the middle of discharging phase. Also the capacitor bank is being discharged through a coil to make a short ...
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What happens on heating an intrinsic semiconductor?

Suppose I have an intrinsic semiconductor and I heat it up on one side. What will be the changes that will occur? As far as I know it won't become an extrinsic semiconductor because that would need to ...
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Transistors why does increasing base current increase collector current?

I am new to this area so please can you keep your answers simple, thanks. From what I know for an npn transistor in the common-emitter connection the base-emitter junction is in the forward bias and ...
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Can (CPU) logic and (flash) memory be located on the same die?

Is it possible to manufacture semiconductors in a way that places logic (for example, a CPU core) on the same die with non-volatile flash (or other EEPROM memory) circuits? What about DRAM? It ...
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If the depletion layer of a transistor collector/base junction is thick, why are majority carriers still collected?

In "Principles of transistor circuits, 8th edition" (top of p26) it is said that once holes have been injected in the base region by a forward biased base-emitter junction (which I understand) of a ...
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Find the Output curve for the given Input Curve

For the circuit given below find the output wave form for the given input wave. The following are the answer choices for the curve of Vout. The answer choice selected in my book is (3) Please ...
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Why is the voltage across a PN junction 0 v when it is in open circuit conditions? [duplicate]

Why is the voltage across a PN junction 0 v when it is in open circuit conditions ?
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Cutoff and Conducting diodes

Why is D1 considered cutoff and D2 considered conducting ? Note : I am working with constant voltage model where the diode voltage is 0.7v and I need to figure out I and V. Please explain why D1 is ...
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Instructions on how to build electronic devices [duplicate]

I have got plenty of books in the theory of electronic devices, but I wish to build these transistors (BJT, MOSFETS, etc) and diodes by myself. Which books are there in offer to learn how to do this? ...
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Why can current flow through the reverse biased base-collector junction (N-P junction) in a BJT with a forward biased base-emitter junction?

If the base-emitter junction of a BJT is forward biased, then current can flow through the reverse biased base-collector junction (N-P junction). This disagrees with my understanding of the PN ...
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reason for degradation of photovoltaics

Photovoltaic panels can have 20 or 25 year underwritten warranties with a guaranteed remaining efficiency of 80 % of the new panel. That means, that photovoltaic panels seem to degrade somehow. Why ...
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Dependence of mobility of charge carriers in semiconductor on the applied electricfield

The mobility in a moderately doped semiconductor depends on the temperature, carrier concentration and the applied electric field. so I want to know: How does mobility vary with electric field while ...
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How is EMI avoided inside of an IC?

I was re-watching this video about how CPUs are made and at the time of the video the link points to, I thought "Isn't there some EMI problems with all those transistor signals flying all over the ...
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How does a Schottky diode work?

There are no spare positive/negative charge carriers on the metal side of the diode, so the spare positive/negative charge carriers on the semiconductor side can not diffuse into the metal and ...
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Relation between drift velocity & conductivity of a doped semiconductor

Here is the problem, and I am stuck. When an electric field with strength \$1 \times 10^3 \text{V/cm}\$ is applied to a p-type uncompensated Si sample at room temperature, the electron drift ...
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How power system is designed for extreme small system, such as google contact lens?

I just read this news and got very curious: http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/07/23/goodbye-finger-pricking-how-googles-smart-contact-lens-really-helps-diabetics Google is designing "Google ...
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Why does Intel produce core i3, core i5 and core i7 processors; but not core i2, core i4 or core i6 processors? [closed]

Why does Intel produce core i3, core i5 and core i7 processors; but not core i2, core i4 or core i6 processors? What is the reason behind this?
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What is the meaning of biasing in electrical/electronics circuits? [duplicate]

What is the meaning of biasing in electrical/electronics circuits? What is the need for biasing in BJT/MOSFET? What will happen after biasing when we apply input signal(AC/DC)? Will biasing signal and ...