Schmitt trigger was originally implemented by using two transistors long time ago.

Are there any advantages using Transistor Schmitt trigger instead of using opAmps?


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Possibly cost, when opamps were expensive. Transistors are cheap enough, but the costs of extra passive components and more complex assembly and testing quickly add up.

Possibly speed : you can find transistors faster than opamps (then you need careful design to achieve that potential high speed).

Definitely voltage tolerance : you can find transistors rated at several hundred volts more easily than high voltage opamps.

If none of these special cases apply, opamps will be much easier to design with, and give a more accurate and predictable design.

  • \$\begingroup\$ but in op-amp schmitt trigger we can easily calculate the hysteresis by using resistor values. is it straightforward in transistor case? \$\endgroup\$
    – user16307
    Commented Mar 7, 2016 at 12:31

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