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Bipolar Transistors

  • P. L. Hower
Part of the Earlier Brown Boveri Symposia book series (EBBS)

Summary

Despite its age, the bipolar transistor is still one of the major switching components used for power electronics applications. For those cases where controlled turn-off is required, it is probably the dominant component. In recent years this dominance has been challenged by the emergence of power MOSFETs and GTOs as possible alterna­tives for power-switching applications. In this paper the three devices are compared. The bipolar receives the most attention, with particular emphasis on performance limi­tations imposed by the physical properties of the starting material (silicon) and pro­cessing techniques. The failure modes and turn-off behavior are also considered. The paper concludes with a discussion of possible future trends in the design and fabrica­tion of power bipolar transistors.

Keywords

Bipolar Transistor Power Transistor IEDM Tech Output Transistor Power Electronic Application 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. L. Hower
    • 1
  1. 1.Unitrode Corp.WatertownUSA

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