Transistor Study Materials


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It is made up of semiconductor material such as Si and Ge. Usually, it comprises of three terminals namely, base, emitter and collector for providing connection to the external circuit. Today, some transistors are packaged individually and many transistors are fabricated according to the design of an embedded integrated circuits.

A transistor is a semiconductor device used to amplify or switch electronic signals and electrical power.

Types of Transistors

  1. Bipolar Junction Transistor (BJT)
  2. Field Effect Transistor (FET)
  3. DIAC, TRIAC and IGBT.


It is nothing but an ordinary transistor.  These transistors are amongst the most  widely used devices for amplification of all types of electrical signals and intermediate devices in discrete circuits, i.e., circuits made from individual components rather than integrated circuits. Transistors are also used in circuits together with integrated circuits, since it is often more practical to use discrete transistors where higher power output is needed, which is higher than the integrated circuit output.

There are two types of transistor

  1. PNP Transistor
  2. NPN Transistor

 In PNP transistors, a thin layer of N type is sandwiched between two P type layers. In NPN transistors, a thin layer of P type is sandwiched between two  N type layers.


In the previous Chapters, we have discussed about the Bipolar Junction Transistor (BJT). They are controlled by both electrons and holes and called current operated devices. BJT has two main disadvantages; first, it has low input impedance because of forward biased emitter junction. Secondly, it has considerable noise level.

To overcome the above problems, FET can be developed and become important electronic device in the integrated circuit (IC) technology. The FET is a device in which the flow of current through the conducting region is controlled by an electric field (voltage).

There are two types of field effect transistor,

  1. Junction Field Effect Transistor (JFET)
  2. Metal Oxide Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor(MOSFET)

Junction Field Effect Transistor (JFET)

 JFET is a three terminal semiconductor device in which current conduction is by  one type of carrier (i.e.) electrons or holes. It is a unipolar device. It has high input impedance and low noise level.

There are two types of JFET.

They are,

  1.   N-Channel JFET
  2. P-Channel JFET


  1. The JFET has higher input impedance.
  2. It is a low power consumption device.
  3. It can be fabricated in small size area.
  4. It has negative temperature coefficient of resistance, so they possess higher temperature stability.
  5. It has less noise.


  1. The JFET is relatively low gain bandwidth product.
  2. Its voltage gain is low.
  3. It requires special handling during installation.

Application for JFET

  1. The JFET is used as a constant current source.
  2. It is used as buffer amplifier.
  3. It is used as electronic switch.
  4. It is used as phase shift oscillator.
  5. JFET is used as a voltage variable resistor (VVR).
  6. It is used as high impedance wide band amplifier.


  The MOSFET is an abbreviation of Metal Oxide Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor. In MOSFET, the gate is insulated from the channel by using SiO2 layer. The input impedance of MOSFET is high, because the gate current is extremely small. It is also called as Insulated Gate FET (IGFET).

There are two types of MOSFET.

They are,

1.  Enhancement MOSFET (E-MOSFET).

  1. Depletion MOSFET (DE-MOSFET).

Enhancement  MOSFET (E-MOSFET)

             The enhancement MOSFET works only in enhancement mode. It does not conduct when gate to source voltage (VGS) is equal to zero, therefore it is called as ‘normally OFF MOSFET’. It is widely used in digital circuits. There are two types of enhancement MOSFET. They are

  1. N-channel E-MOSFET
  2. P-channel E-MOSFET


                  The depletion MOSFET can be operated in either depletion mode or enhancement mode. Therefore, it is called as DE-MOSFET. There are two types of depletion MOSFET. They are,

  1.   N channel depletion MOSFET
  2. P-channel depletion MOSFET

Application for MOSFET

  1. MOSFET is widely used for switching and amplifying the signals.
  2. It is used in FM radio and TV receivers (for mixer operation).
  3. It is used in computer memories.
  4. It is used as auto intensity control of street lights.

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