I know that in a full wave rectifier the PIV of the diodes is 2*VP, whilst in a full wave bridge rectifier we have just Vp. It is also said that the bridge configuration is more suitable in applications that require higher voltages due to the PIV parameter. I can't understand the reason.
If the PIV specifies the maximum reverse voltage that a diode can support without going at breakdown, wouldn't it be better to have a higher PIV with a higher input voltage? What am I missing?