Variant Of Bipolar Transistor

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Variant Of Bipolar Transistor

Bipolar transistors has many variants, the following variant of the bipolar transistors :

Small Signal Transistors

Small signal transistors are defined as having a maximum collector current of 500 mA and maximum collector power dissipation of 1 watt. They can be used for audio amplification of low-level inputs and for switching of small currents. When determining whether a small-signal transistor can control an inductive load such as a motor or relay coil, bear in mind that the initial current surge will be greater than the rated current draw during sustained operation.

Small Switching Transistors

Small switching transistors have some overlap in specification with small signal transistors, but generally have a faster response time, lower beta value, and may be more limited in their tolerance for collector current. Check the manufacturer’s datasheet for details.

High Frequency Transistors

High frequency transistors are primarily used in video amplifiers and oscillators, are physically small, and have a maximum frequency rating as high as 2,000 MHz.

Power Transistors

Power transistors are defined as being capable of handling at least 1 watt, with upper limits that can be as high as 500 watts and 150 amps. They are physically larger than the other types, and may be used in the output stages of audio amplifiers, and in switching power supplies. Typically they have a much lower current gain than smaller transistors (20 or 30 as
opposed to 100 or more).

Variant Of Bipolar TransistorSamples of commonly used transistors

Sample transistors are shown in the figure above. Top: A 2N3055 NPN power transistor. This type was originally introduced in the late 1960s, and versions are still being manufactured. It is often found in power supplies and in push-pull power amplifiers, and has a total power dissipation rating of 115W. Second row, far left: general purpose switching-amplification PNP power transistor rated for up to 50W power dissipation. Second row, far right: A high-frequency switching transistor for use in lighting ballast, converters, inverters, switching regulators, and motor control systems. It tolerates relatively high voltages (up to 700V collector-emitter peak) and is rated for up to 80W total power dissipation. Second row, center-left and center-right: Two variants of the 2N2222 NPN small signal switching transistor, first introduced in the 1960s, and still very widely used. The metal can is the TO-19 package, capable of slightly higher power dissipation than the cheaper plastic TO-92 package (1.8W vs. 1.5W with a collector temperature no greater than 25 degrees Centigrade).

Packaging Of Bipolar Transistor

Traditionally, small-signal transistors were packaged in small aluminum “cans” about 1/4” in diameter, and are still sometimes found in this form. More commonly they are embedded in buds of black plastic. Power transistors are packaged either in a rectangular module of black plastic with a metal back, or in a round metal “button.” Both of these forms are designed to dissipate heat by being screw-clamped to a heat sink.

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