1N Package Type: DO, PD: mW, VZ: V Features. VZ Typical Capacitance (pf) versus Zener voltage (VZ) Figure 2 – Derating Curve Figure 2 – Derating Curve. Power Dissipation (mW) 1N ± 1N ± 1N ± 1N 17 a sharp knee on the breakdown curve and to eliminate unstable units.

Author: Moogumuro Aragrel
Country: Bahrain
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Technology
Published (Last): 14 July 2013
Pages: 87
PDF File Size: 5.41 Mb
ePub File Size: 5.26 Mb
ISBN: 944-8-22175-884-2
Downloads: 65050
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: JoJorn

One mechanism is associated with the acceleration of carriers across the very strong junction electric field.


For ordinary use diode breakdown is characterized simply by specification of a minimum reverse-bias breakdown voltage and current; the magnitude of the breakdown voltage is guaranteed to be no less and the current for a specified lower voltage 1n5320 more than specified values. It’s not so much about precision and obviously not fidelity as it is about limiting the maximum output voltage to logic-safe levels. There is no “best” component untill you know all these parameters.

Diode-Zener Comparison An idealized-diode equivalent circuit for a Zener diode, allowing both for forward- and reverse-bias, is drawn to the right. Detailed comparison between the computed and analytical curves is left as an exercise, e.


A computed set of regulation characteristics using a nonlinear diode mode is shown below for comparison to the calculated regulation characteristics. The nominal Zener reference voltage of the diode is the reverse-bias voltage at which a manufacturerspecified ‘test’ current IZT flows, and typically represents a rated maximum diode current. With such a low current this is more of a voltage reference, to be boosted by op-amps, 1n530. As spike suppressors in certain inductive load situations.


This is when zener diodes come in handy. These phenomena occur in all semiconductor junction diodes. This is the ‘breakdown’ part of the diode characteristic; ‘breakdown’ here refers to the overshadowing of the semiconductor junction behavior by other phenomena rather than to a destructive effect.

When considering Zener current, is lower current generally better? The higher wattage zeners are for vurve surges on analog or digital inputs, and for directly driving a low-current load such as CMOS logic or a switching regulator. But currents associated with other phenomena occurring in what is a very complex physical junction environment also can mask the leakage current. I’d expect that higher would be better in most cases, as 1n52230 will curvw you more leeway before blowing out.

Transistors can be used to boost the drive current of a zener diode, and you may see this in high-voltage power supplies. Note the standard icon used to represent the Zener diode. Because the Zener resistance rZ is not exactly zero the Zener voltage increases slightly as the diode current increases and this causes the supply current to decrease slightly.

FiddyOhm 2, 7 9. This is an older outdated zener, hence the higher bias current. The minimum usable current is conditioned by the necessity of operation above the knee, i. For instance a 3.

It does not mean that the older and often cheaper devices aren’t good enough. The plot shows the output voltage ‘clipped’ by the 15n230 characteristic of the diode. This variability of the power supply terminal voltage is described by the ‘regulation’ of the power supply, defined formally as the change in terminal voltage between ‘no load’ and ‘full load’ conditions, divided by the ‘no load’ voltage. Kinetic energy gained by an accelerated carrier, if sufficiently curvw, can cause additional impurity atom ionization during a collision with the atom.


ZENER DIODE Introduction to Zener Diodes It was noted earlier that the reverse-bias saturation current of a general-purpose junction diode is so small that it ordinarily is masked by currents associated with high-resistance conducting paths across the junction. Such diodes are not intended specifically for operation in reverse breakdown, and are expected to maintain a low-conduction state when operated in reverse-bias within the specified breakdown voltage limit.

Still, Zeners have their niche in certain applications.

An important implicit requirement not always recognized explicitly is that the regulating action depends on the assumed operation of the Zener diode in its breakdown region. This provides a reference against which to display the effect of regulation. MartyMacGyver 1 5 Cutve regulating action is observable in the curves obtained by an analysis of the circuit using the piecewise-linear Zener diode approximation; these are drawn below.