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Circuit Design: Know It All by Bob Zeidman, Tim Williams, Robert Pease, Walt Kester, Ian Hickman, Bonnie Baker, Darren Ashby

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Chapter 6

Identifying and Avoiding Transistor Problems

Robert Pease

Although transistors—both bipolars and MOSFETs—are immune to many problems, you can still have transistor troubles. Robust design methods and proper assumptions regarding their performance characteristics will steer you past the shoals of transistor vexation and the rocks of transistor disasters.

Transistors are wonderful—they’re so powerful and versatile. With a handful of transistors, you can build almost any kind of high-performance circuit: a fast op-amp, a video buffer, or a unique logic circuit.

On the other hand, transistors are uniquely adept at causing trouble. For example, a simple amplifier probably won’t survive if you short the input to the power supplies or the output ...

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