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3-Bipolar Junction TransistorsTransistor ConstructionThe transistor is a three-layer semiconductor device consisting of either two n- and one p-type layers of material(npn transistor) or two p- and one n-type layers of material(pnp transistor).The outer layers of the transistor widths much greater than those of the sandwiched p- or n-type materialThe doping of the sandwiched layer is also considerably less than that of the outer layers, this lower doping level decreases the conductivity (increases the resistance) of this material by limiting the number of free carriers
Fig (3-1) (a)pnp (b) npn.
The terminals have been indicated by E for emitter, C for collector, and B for base. The abbreviation BJT, from bipolar junction transistor, is often applied to this three-terminal device.The term bipolar reflects the fact that holes and electrons participate in the injection process into the oppositely polarized material. If only one carrier is employed (electron or hole), it is considered a unipolar device.
Transistor OperationIn Fig (3-2) the pnp transistor has been redrawn without the base-to-collector bias. The depletion region has been reduced in width due to the applied bias, resulting a heavy flow of majority carriers from the p- to the n-type material.Let us now remove the base-to-emitter bias of the pnp transistor. The flow of majority carriers is zero, resulting in only a minority-carrier flow.i.e. one p-n junction of a transistor is reverse biased, while the other is forward biased.
Fig (3-2) Forward-biased of a pnp CB tr Fig (3-3) Reverse-biased of a pnp CB tr
In Fig (3-4) both biasing potentials have been applied to a pnp transistor, with the resulting majority- and minority-carrier flow indicated. A large number of majority carriers will diffuse across the forward-biased p-n junction into the n-type material.
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Fig (3-4) Majority and minority carrier flow of a pnp transistor
Since the sandwiched n-type material is very thin and has a low conductivity, a very small number of these carriers will take this path of high resistance obtaining the base current IB in μA, the magnitude of the emitter IE and collector IC currents in mAApplying KCL to the transistor of Fig (3-4) as if it were a single node, we obtain
[3-1]The IC has two components-the majority and minority carriers. The minority-current component is called the leakage current ICO (CO = Current with emitter terminal Open). Therefore:
[3-2]IC in mAICO in μA or nA , is temperature sensitive
Common-Base Configuration (CB)
Fig (3-5) Notation and symbols used with the CB (a) pnp transistor (b) npn transistor.
For fixed values of VCB in the CB configuration the ratio of a small change in IC to a small change in IE is commonly called the common-base short-circuit amplification factor and is given by the symbol (alpha).
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[3-3]
The term short circuit indicates that the load is short-circuited when is determined.Typical values of vary from 0.90 to 0.998. For most practical applications can be obtained using the following equation:
[3-4]Therefore Eqs [3-2] be:
[3-5]
The current amplification IC / IE is always less than 1 for the CB configuration. This latter characteristic should be obvious since IC = IE and is always less than 1.
Two sets of characteristics are necessary to represent the behavior of the pnp CB transistor 1--the driving point (or input) 2--the output set.
The output or collector characteristics of Fig (3-6a) relate the collector (output) current to the collector-to-base (output) voltage and (input) emitter current. The collector characteristics have three basic regions of interest:1--the active regionIn the active region the collector junction is reverse-biased, while the emitter junction is forward-biased, it is the only region employed for the amplification of signals with minimum distortion.-When the emitter current IE =0 the collector current IC = ICO ( emitter input circuit is open)-When the emitter current increases above Zero, IC=IE (in active region)
[3-6]
Fig (3-6) pnp CB transister (a) O/P Collector characteristics (b) I/P Emitter characteristics
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Fig (3-7) Reverse saturation current
2--the cutoff regionIn cut off region the collector and emitter junction are both reverse biased, resulting in negligible collector current.
3--and saturation regionIn saturation region the collector & emitter junction are forward biased, resulting in the exponential change in the collector current with small change in collector to base potential.
For fixed values of collector voltage VCB in the input characteristics fig(3-6b) as VEB increases, the IE will increased , Increasing levels of VCB result in a reduced level of VEB to establish the same current.
[3-7]Example 1:Using the characteristic of fig (3-6):
Solution:
The proper biasing of the CB determined using the approximation IC ≈IE and assuming for the moment that IB ≈ 0µA.
Fig (3-8) the configuration for the pnp CB transistor.
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Common-Emitter Configuration (CE)
Fig (3-9) Notation and symbols used with CE configuration (a)npn transistor(b)pnp transistor
Two sets of characteristics are again necessary to describe the behavior of CE configuration:-One for the input or base circuit.-One for the output or collector circuit. Both are shown in Fig (3-10)
Fig (3-10) npn CE transistor (a) O/P Collector characteristics (b) I/P Base characteristic
-In the active region the collector junction is reverse biased, while the emitter junction is forward-biased, this region employed for voltage, current, or power amplification.
-in cutoff region for the CE, IC = lCEO determined the cutoff for the CE configuration
For C.E IC ≠ 0 when IB = 0 For C.B IC = ICO when IE = 0 The reason for this is,
Eqs[3-5]
But Eqs[3-1]
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[3-8]
If we consider the case where IB=0, and substitute this value in Eqs.[3-8],then
[3-9]
And The collector current defined by Eqs[3-9] will be assigned the notation indicated by Eqs[3-10].
[3-10]In Fig (3-11) the conditions surrounding this newly defined current are demonstrated.
Fig (3-11) Circuit related to ICEO condition
The CE forward-current amplification factor is
[3-11]
The value obtained for beta (β) from Eqs[3-11] is called ac or dynamic value.
[3-12]
The value obtained for β from Eqs[3-12] is called the dc beta, since IC and IB in Eqs[3-12] are dc values, β vary from 20 to 600.Eqs[3-12]
Eqs[3-4]
Eqs[3-1]
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Substituting:
And dividing by IC
We obtain:
[3-13]or
[3-14]
Then
[3-15]Example 2:Using the characteristics of fig (3-10)
Solution:
Example 3:
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Solution:
The input char for CE & CB configuration is, the increase in input current is due to an increase in majority carriers crossing the B-to-E junction with increasing forward-bias potential.
Common-Collector Configuration (CC)The CC configuration is used primarily for impedance matching purposes since it has a high input impedance and low output impedance, opposite to that which is true of the CB & CEconfigurations.
Fig (3-12) Notation and symbols used with CC configuration(a)pnp transistor(b)npn transistor
The output characteristics of the CC configuration are the same as for the CE configuration.
Transistor Maximum RatingsThe standard transistor data sheet will include at least three maximum ratings: -Collector dissipation (power), collector voltage, And collector currentThe power or dissipation rating is the product of the collector voltage and current. For the CE configuration
[3-16]-For the CB configuration the collector dissipation is determined by the following equation.
[3-17]
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Summary
Biasing the two PN junction in an NPN transistor
The NPN transistor with both bias sources connected
Equivalent NPN transistor diagrams
Equivalent PNP transistor diagrams
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ICBO is the collector current that flows when the emitter is open
Input and output voltage in NPN and PNP common-base transistors
Common-emitter bias arrangements
Input and output voltages and currents for NPN and PNP transistor in the CE configuration
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VCE ~ VCB + 0.7 for Si , when VCE is reduced to about 0.7, then VCB ~ 0 and the collector-base junction is no longer reverse biased.
CC bias configuration
Input and output voltage and current in the CC configuration
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4-DC Biasing (BJTS)To use these devices for amplification of voltage or current, or as control (on or off) elements, it is necessary first to bias the device. The usual reason for this biasing is to turn the device onand to place it in operation in the region of its characteristic where the device operates most linearly. Operating point:Since the aim of biasing is to achieve a certain condition of current and voltage called the operating point (quiescent point or Q-point). Operating region is the area of current or voltage within the maximum limits for the particular device. These maximum ratings are indicated on the characteristic of Fig (4-1) by a horizontal line for the maximum current, Imax and a vertical line for the maximum voltage Vmax
Fig (4-1) various operating points
Operating in the linear regions, cutoff region, and saturation region of the BJT characteristic are provided as follows:1. Linear-region operation:Base-emitter forward biased, Base-collector reverse biased, IC=βIB , is true only in this region 2. Cutoff-region operation:Base-emitter reverse biased3. Saturation-region operation:Base-emitter forward biased, Base-collector forward biased
Fixed-Bias CircuitThe fixed-bias circuit shown in Fig (4-2) provides a relatively straightforward and simple starting point in the dc bias considerations. It is possible to consider the biasing of a BJT by separately analyzing the base-emitter and the base-collector dc bias loops.
Fig (4-2) Fixed-bias circuit
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Forward Bias of Base-EmitterConsider the base-emitter circuit loop shown, writing the KVL equation for the loop, we get:
Fig (4-3) Base-emitter loopWe can solve the foregoing equation for the base current IB
[4-1]Since the supply voltage VCC and VBE are fixed values, as a good approximation we may even neglect the few tenths of a volt drop (VBE) obtaining the simplified form for the base current IB
[4-2]Reverse Bias of Base-CollectorThe collector-emitter section (Fig4-4) consists of the supply battery, the collector resistor, and the transistor collector-emitter junction. The currents through the collector and emitter are about the same since IB is small in comparison to either
Fig (4-4) Collector-Emitter loopFor linear amplifier operation the IC is related to the IB by the transistor current gain, β
[4-3]Calculating voltage drops in the collector-emitter loop, we get
[4-4]Example 1: Compute the dc bias voltages and currents for the circuit of Fig (4-5).
Fig (4-5) dc fixed-bias for Ex 1:
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Solution:
Example 2: Compute the collector voltage and current for the circuit of fig (4-6).
Fig (4-6) Circuit for Example 2:Solution:
DC Bias Circuit with emitter resistorThe dc bias circuit of Fig (4-7) contains RE to provide better bias stability than the fixed-bias circuit
Fig (4-7) emitter-stabilization resistorBase-Emitter LoopA partial circuit diagram of the base-emitter loop is shown in Fig (4-8).
Fig (4-8) Base-emitter loop with emitter resistor.
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Writing KVL equation for the loop, we get
[4-5]Collector-Emitter LoopThe collector emitter loop is shown in fig (4-9).writing KVL for this loop we get
Fig (4-9) Collector-Emitter loop with emitter resistor.The collector current IC is calculated using the relation
[4-6]
[4-7]
[4-8]The voltage at which the transistor is based is measured from collector to emitter VCE
Example 3: Calculate the dc bias voltage VCE and current IC in the circuit of Fig (4-10)
Fig (4-10) E-stabilized bias cct for Ex3: & Ex4:Solution:
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Example 4: Calculate the value of collector resistor RC needed VC = 10 v, using Fig (4-10)Solution:
Note: that IB and IC are still the same values as calculated in Ex 3: using Eq[4-11]
Improved Bias StabilityThe addition of the emitter resistor to the dc bias of the BJT improved stability ( the dc bias currents and voltages remain closer to where they were set by the circuit even when outside conditions supply voltage, temperature, and transistor beta change)
Example 5: Prepare a table comparing the bias voltage and currents of the circuit of Fig (4-5) for the given value of β = 50 and for a new value of β = 100. Solution:Using the results calculated in Ex1: then repeating for a value of β = 100 yields the following:
IC is seen to change by 100% due to the 100% change in β (and no change in IB).Using the results calculated in Ex3: then repeating for a value of β = 50, we have the following:
DC Bias Circuit Independent of β (Approximate Analysis)In the previous dc bias circuits the values of IB and voltage of the collector depend on β, but βis temperature sensitive for this reasons needs to provide a dc bias circuit that is independent of the transistor beta β
Fig (4-11) Beta-independent dc bias circuit
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a) base-emitter Loop. If the resistance seen looking into the base ( Fig4-12) is much larger than that of resistor RB2, then the base voltage is set by the voltage divider of RB1 and RB2, then the current through RBl goes almost completely into RB2 and the two resistors in series.
Fig (4-12) bias circuit for approximate VB
Calculating VB to the voltage-divider network of resistors RB1 and RB2, we get
[4-9]Where VB is the voltage measured from base to ground. We then calculate the VE
[4-10]The current in the emitter may then be calculated from
[4-11]
[4-12]
[4-13]b) Collector-emitter Loop
[4-14]VB is set by RB1 & RB2 and the supply voltage VCC , VE is the same VB, RE determines IE & IC,
RC determines the VC and, VCE voltage.
Example 6: Calculate the dc bias voltage VCE and current IC for the circuit of Fig (4-13)
Fig (4-13) Beta-stabilized circuit for Ex 6:
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Solution:
Exact AnalysisA more exact analysis can be obtained by using the Thevenin equivalent of the voltage divider as described by the following analysis:
[4-15]
[4-16]
The dc circuit to be analyzed can be redrawn as in fig (4-14) then calculate IB.
Fig (4-14) Dc circuit to analyze using Thevenin Eq
[4-17]
The value of VCE can be obtained using Eq[4-6]
Example 7: Calculate the dc bias voltage VCE and current IC for the circuit of Fig (4-13).Solution:
Example 8: Using an exact bias analysis of the circuit of Fig (4-13), compare the IC & VCE for the given β of 140 and for a new β of 70Solution:Using the results calculated in Ex 7: and repeating for a value of β = 70, we have
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The circuit maintains the IC and VCE even with a change in β of 100%, the bias values only changed by less than 3% in this circuit.The approximate analysis would be satisfactory as long as
DC Bias with Voltage FeedbackThe use of emitter resistor to provide improved bias stability, voltage feedback also provides improved dc bias stability.
Fig (4-15) Dc bias cct with voltage feedback
Base Emitter loopWriting the KVL equation around the base-emitter loop of the voltage feedback circuit gives
Fig (4-16) Partial circuit showing base-emitter loop
[4-18]Collector-Emitter LoopThe partial circuit diagram of the collector-emitter section show in fig (4-17) the KVL equation is
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[4-19]
Fig (4-17) Partial circuit showing collector-emitter loop
Example 9: Calculate the dc IE & VCE for the circuit of fig (4-18) using voltage feedbackSolution:
Fig (4-18) V-F circuit for Ex 9:
Example 10: Calculate the dc IC current & VC for the bias circuit of Fig (4-19).Solution:
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Fig (4-19) Dc bias with RE & V-F
Example 11: Analysis of various DC bias circuitsCalculate the collector current Ic and voltage VCE for the circuit of Fig (4-20)
Fig (4-20) Bias circuit for Example 11:Solution:
Example 12: Calculate the bias voltage VE and current IC for the circuit of Fig (4-21)
Fig (4-21) Bias circuit for Example 12:
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Solution: Writing the base-emitter loop equation
Example 13: Calculate the collector voltage VC for the circuit of fig (4-22)
Fig (4-22) Bias circuit for Example 13:Solution:
Example 14: Determine the collector voltage VC and current IC for the circuit of fig (4-23).
Fig (4-23) Bias circuit for Example 14:Solution:
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Example 15: Calculate the emitter current IE and collector voltage VC for circuit in fig (4-24)
Fig (4-24) Circuit for example 15:Solution:
Graphical DC bias analysisA graphical technique is another method for finding the operating point of a transistor circuit. The typical CE collector characteristic shown in Fig4-25, the circuit constraints must also betaken into account in obtaining the actual operating point (quiescent point or Q-point)
Fig (4-25) Transistor collector characteristicAs typical of most circuits previously covered
We can rewrite that equation to solve for the collector current as follows:
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[4-20]Eq[4-20] shows the circuit equation as that of a straight line with slope
And y-intercept 1. For IC = 0, VCE = VCC 2. For VCE = 0, IC = VCC / (RC + RE)
Fig (4-26) Dc load lineThe straight line connecting these points called the dc load line as in Fig (4-26)
Fig (4-27) Effect of varying (RC+RE) or VCC on dc load line: a- effect of resistor on dc load line,
b- effect of supply voltage on dc load line. plotting transistor characteristic and dc load line on one graph for determination Q-point.
Fig (4-28) obtaining Q point
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Example 16: Determine the quiescent operating point (Q) for the circuit of fig (4-29) using the transistor collector characteristic of fig (4-25).
Fig (4-29) Bias circuit for Example 16:Solution:A dc load should be plotted on the collector characteristic of fig (4-25) this dc load line is plotted by drawing a straight line from the point
Fig(4-30) shows the circuit dc load line and the transistor collector characteristic with the Q-point marked at the intersection of the dc load line and base current of IB = 30.4 µA. The transistor is seen to be biased at
Fig (4-30) Graphical analysis for Ex 16:
Design of DC bias circuitsIt is important to be able to design a circuit to operate at a desired or specified bias point. Oftenthe manufacturer's specification sheets provide information stating a suitable operating point for a particular transistor and other circuit factors dictate some conditions of current swing, voltage swing, and value of common supply voltage, which can be used in determining the Q-point in a design.
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Design of Bias Circuit with Emitter Feedback ResistorThe supply voltage and operating point will be selected from the manufacturer's information on the transistor used in the amplifier.
Fig (4-31) Emitter-stabilization bias circuit
There are two unknown quantities: 1-the values of RC 2- the value of RE
VE is typically around one-fifth (1/5) to one-tenth (1/10) of the supply voltage VCC . Selecting the emitter voltage in this way will permit calculating the RE and RC we get
Example 17: Calculate the resistor values RE , RC, and RB for a transistor amplifier circuit having emitter-resistor stabilization (Fig4-31). The current gain of a transistor is 90 at a IC of5mA Use a supply voltage VCC of 20VSolution:The operating point selected from the information of tran ICQ=5 mA & VCEQ=10 V.
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Design of Current Gain Stabilized (Beta Independent) CircuitCircuit in Fig (4-32) provides stabilization both for ICO & current gain changes, the emitter voltage selected to be one-tenth (1/10) of the supply voltage (VCC).
Fig (4-32) current gain stabilization design
Example 18: Design a dc bias circuit for an amplifier circuit as in Fig (4-32). The transistor has a current gain of 150, at a collector current of 1 mA, and the supply voltage for the present circuit is 16 V. Provide design for VCQ = VCC/2.Solution;
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Bias StabilizationIn any amplifier circuit the collector current IC will vary with change in temperaturebecause of the three following main factors:1. Reverse IC current leakage current ICO which doubles for every 10° increase in temperature 2. Base-emitter voltage VBE which decreases by 2.5 mV per °C 3. Transistor current gain β which increases with temperature.
Table-1
Notice that the significant increase of leakage current ICO not only causes the curves to rise but also that an increase in beta occurs as shown in fig by the larger spacing between the curves at the higher temperature.Since the fixed-bias circuit provides an IB whose value depends on the VCC and RB, neither of which is affected by temperature or the change in ICO or β, the same IB will exist at high temperatures as indicated on the fig
Fig (4-33) Shift in dc bias point (Q-point) due to change in temperature (a) 25 ˚C (b) 100˚C
Stability Factor, SA stability factor S, is the ratio of a change in collector current IC to the change in the parameter value that caused it due to change in temperature Thus a stability factor is a measure of how sensitive collector bias current is to change in a parameter value
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Fig4-34a shows a basic transistor circuit and the effect of ICO
Fig4-34b the result of analyzing the stability based on change in ICO only (β & VBE constant)Stability factor varies from the ideal case of S = 1 up to a maximum value of S = β + 1 which occurs for the fixed-bias circuit ( RB / RE > β + 1 )S is smallest for larger values of RE (RE improves S, makes S smaller)
Fig (4-34) Effect of ICO
[4-21]
Example 19: In a circuit using a transistor typified by the parameters in Table-1 calculate the change in IC from 25°C to 100°C for (a) Fixed bias (RB/RE → ∞)(b) RB/RE = 11,(c) RB/RE = 0.01.Solution:
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Analysis of the stability factor due to change in VBE will result in
Since smaller values of S indicate better stability, the larger the value of RE the better the circuit stability due to changes in VBE with temperature.
Example 20: Determine the change in IC for a transistor having parameters listed in Table-1over a temperature range from 25 to 100°C for a circuit having RE = 1 kΩ (and β+1 >> RB/RE ).Solution:
Analysis of the effect of β changing with temperature on the circuit bias stability results in
[4-22]
Example 21: Calculate the change in collector current for the transistor having parameters as given in Table-1 from room temperature to 100°C. Assume that RB/RE = 20 for the circuit used and that IC at room temperature is 2 mA.Solution:
The collector current changing from 2 mA at room temperature to 2.315 mA at 100°C represents a change of about 16%.The three parameters affecting S the change due to β variation is probably greatest The design of a good bias stabilized circuit most on stabilizing the effect of changes in transistor beta.
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So the total change in collector current over a certain temperature range is:
[4-23]
, & are the total change in the respective parameter values over the temperature range. The expression is an approximation because all three parameters are changing simultaneously with temperature
BJT switching circuitsTransistors are widely used in digital logic circuits and switching applications called an inverter. Alternate between a Low 0V and a high voltage + 5V
When the input is high +5V, VBE is forward biased and current flows through RB , the values of RB and RC are chosen so that the amount of base current flowing is enough to saturate the transistor (to drive it into the saturation region of its output characteristics).
Fig4-36 an npn transistor inverter, or switch
VCE corresponding to this point is VCE(sat) is very nearly 0V, the current at the saturation point is called IC(sat) is very nearly to VCC / RC
When the transistor is saturated, it is said to be ON "a High input to the inverter + 5V results in a Low output 0V"
When the input to the transistor is Low 0V, the base-emitter junction has No forward bias applied to it, so NO IB and hence NO IC flows therefore NO voltage drop across RC so that VCE
must be the same as VCC = + 5V, By substituting IC = 0 in the equation for VCE
VCE = VCC -ICRC = VCC - (0)(RC) = VCC
In this situation, the transistor is in the cutoff region of its output characteristics and is said tobe OFF. In designing and analyzing transistor inverters. It is usually assumed that IC(sat) = VCC/RC and that VE(sat) = 0 V
Fig4-37 When the input to the inverter is high +5V the transistor is saturated and its output is low ~0V, When the input to the inverter is low, the transistor is cut off its output is high.
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We can easily derive the voltage-current relations in a transistor inverter, since the transistor is cut off when the input is Low, the equations we will study are that apply when the input is high
VHI is the high level of the input voltage. Usually the same as VCC
Example 22: Verify that the circuit in fig8-38 behaves like an inverter when the input switches between 0V and +5V. Assume that the transistor is Silicon and that β=100.
Fig4-38 Example 22:Solution:It is necessary to verify that the transistor is saturated when Vin = +5V.
Example 23:
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Example 24: Determine RB & RC for the transistor inverter of ICsat = 10mA
Solution:At saturation:
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SUMMARY (BJT)1-A bipolar junction transistor (BJT) consists of three regions: emitter, base, and collector.2- The three regions of a BJT are separated by two pn junctions.3- The two types of bipolar transistor are the npn and the pnp.4- The term bipolar refers to two types of current: electron current and hole current.5- One p-n junction of a transistor is forward-biased while the other is reverse-biased.6- The dc emitter current is always the largest current of a transistor whereas the base current is always the smallest. The emitter current is always the sum of the other two.7- The collector current is made up of two components: the majority component and the minority current (also called the leakage current).8- The arrow in the transistor symbol defines the direction of conventional current flow for the emitter current and thereby defines the direction for the other currents of the device9- A three-terminal device needs two sets of characteristics to completely define its characteristics.10- In the active region of a transistor, the base-emitter junction is forward-biased while the collector-base junction is reverse-biased.11- In the cutoff region the base-emitter and collector-base junctions of a transistor are both reverse-biased.12- In the saturation region the base-emitter and collector-base junctions are forward biased.13- On an average basis, as a first approximation, the base-to-emitter voltage of an operating transistor can be assumed to be 0.7 V14- The quantity alpha (α) relates the collector and emitter currents and is always close to one.15- The impedance between terminals of a forward-biased junction is always relatively small while the impedance between terminals of a reverse-biased junction is usually quite large.16- The arrow in the symbol of an npn transistor points out of the device (not pointing in), while the arrow points in to the center of the symbol for a pnp transistor, pointing in17- For the linear amplification purposes, cutoff for the common-emitter configuration will be defined by IC=ICEO
18- The quantity beta (β) provides an important relationship between the base and the collector currents; the dc beta is defined by a simple ratio of dc currents at an operating point19- To ensure that a transistor is operating within its maximum power level rating, simply find the product of the collector-to-emitter voltage and collector current, and compare it to the rated value.20- No matter what type of configuration a transistor is used in, the basic relation ships between the currents are always the same, and the base-to-emitter voltage is the threshold value if the transistor is in the on state.21- The operating point defines where the transistor will operate on its character curves under dc conditions. For linear amplification, dc operating point should avoid the regions of saturation and cutoff.22- For most configurations the dc analysis begins with a determination of the base current.23- For the dc analysis of a transistor network, all capacitors are replaced by an open circuitequivalent.24- The fixed-bias configuration is the simplest of transistor biasing arrangement but it is also quite unstable due its sensitivity to beta at the operating point25- Determining the saturation (maximum) collector current for any configuration can usually be done quite easily if an imaginary short circuit is superimpose between the collector and emitter terminals of the transistor. The resulting current through the short is then the saturation current.26- The equation for the load line of a transistor network can be found by applying KVL to the output or collector network. The Q-point is determined by finding the intersection between the base current and the load drawn on the device characteristics.27- The emitter-stabilized biasing arrangement is less sensitive to changes in beta providing more stability for the network. However, that any resistance in the emitter leg is "seen" at the
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base of the transistor as a much larger resistor (βRE ≥ 10R2), a fact that will reduce the base current of the configuration.28- The voltage-divider bias configuration is probably the most common of all configurations. Its popularity is due primarily to its Low sensitivity to change beta from one transistor to another of the same lot. The exact analysis can be applied to any configuration, but the approximate can be applied only if the reflected emitter resistance as seen at the base is much larger (βRE ≥ 10R2) than the lower resistor of the voltage-divider bias arrangement connected to the base of the transistor.29- When analyzing the dc bias with a voltage feedback configuration, be sure to remember that both the emitter resistor and the collector resistor are reflected back to the base circuit by beta. The least sensitivity to beta is obtained when the reflected resistance is much larger than the feedback resistor between the base and collector.30- For the common-base configuration the emitter current is normally determined first due to the presence of the base-to-emitter junction in the same loop. Then the fact that the emitter and collector current are essentially of the same magnitude is employed.31- A clear understanding of the procedure employed to analyze a dc transistor network will usually permit a design of the same configuration with a minimum of difficulty and confusion. Simply start with those relationships that minimize the number of unknowns, and then proceed to make some decisions about the unknown elements of the network.32- In a switching configuration, a transistor quickly moves between saturation and cutoff, or vice versa. Essentially, the impedance between collector and emitter can be approximated as a short circuit for saturation and an open circuit for cutoff.33- When checking the operation of a dc transistor network, first check that the base-to-emitter voltage is very close to 0.7 V and that the collector-to-emitter voltage is between 25% and 75%of the applied voltage VCC
34-The analysis of pnp configurations is exactly the same as that applied to npn transistors with the exception that current directions will reverse and voltages will have the opposite polarities.35- Beta is very sensitive to temperature, and VBE decreases about 7.5 mV (0.0075 V) for each 10° increase in temperature on a Celsius scale. The reverse saturation current typically doubles for every 10° increase in Celsius temperature.36- Keep in mind that networks that are the most stable and least sensitive to temperature changes have the smallest stability factors.
CB npn CB pnp
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Reveres saturation current
CE npn CE pnp
Circuit conditions related to ICEO
CC pnp CC npn
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Determining the proper biasing arrangement for a CE npn transistor
Equation
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