An electronic amplifier that amplifies a low-power signal in order to make it more suitable for an application that requires higher power (e.g. driving a speaker). Power amplifiers have special challenges compared to lower power amplifiers (e.g. a voltage amplifier, which amplifies a signal's voltage but does not provide much output current capability); such challenges include more board space, cooling components that are dissipating high power, etc.

An electronic amplifier that amplifies a low-power signal in order to make it more suitable for an application that requires higher power (e.g. driving a speaker). Power amplifiers have special challenges compared to lower power amplifiers (e.g. a voltage amplifier, which amplifies a signal's voltage but does not provide much output current capability); such challenges include more board space, cooling components that are dissipating high power, etc.