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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?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Can you give us a reference for a term discrete diode? If we see the context, it may be easier to determine the meaning. \$\endgroup\$
    – AndrejaKo
    Apr 13, 2012 at 11:06
  • \$\begingroup\$ Googling gets you better results if you are a bit creative. If "discrete diode" doesn't answer your question, maybe "discrete component" does. \$\endgroup\$
    – stevenvh
    Apr 13, 2012 at 11:27

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'discrete' just means 'in a package by itself' - as opposed to 'integrated' into a package with other components.

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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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