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What is "discrete diode" and when it should be used? Google doesn't help to find the answer.
What is the difference between discrete diodes and others?
'discrete' just means 'in a package by itself' - as opposed to 'integrated' into a package with other components.
I've always understood it to mean a single diode, such as a 1N4148, as opposed to multiple diodes in the same package (a diode array or bridge), or a diode that is included on an IC.
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