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Lecture C. Semiconductor circuit elements and dependent sources. Semiconductor devices and active circuit elements. Examples: Metal Oxide Semiconductor Field Effect Transistors (MOSFETs) Bipolar Junction Transistors (BJTs) Operational amplifiers (op-amps). Active circuit elements - MOSFETs.

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Lecture c

Lecture C

Semiconductor circuit elements and dependent sources


Semiconductor devices and active circuit elements
Semiconductor devices and active circuit elements

  • Examples:

    • Metal Oxide Semiconductor Field Effect Transistors (MOSFETs)

    • Bipolar Junction Transistors (BJTs)

    • Operational amplifiers (op-amps)


Active circuit elements mosfets
Active circuit elements - MOSFETs

  • MOSFETs can be modeled as dependent sources

    • MOSFETs can be n-channel (n-FETs) or p-channel (p-FETs)

  • Construction and operation of nFETS:


Mosfet operation continued
MOSFET operation – continued

  • Application of a voltage difference between the gate and source allows current to flow from the drain to the source.


N channel mosfets
N-channel MOSFETs

  • MOSFETs have 3 terminals

    • Gate, source, drain

  • Circuit symbol:

  • Description of behavior:

    • Increasing vGS increases drain current

  • Notes:

    • External power supply required!

    • Low power requirements at gate

    • ID = 0 unless vGS exceeds the threshold voltage (VT)


Fluid system analogy
Fluid system analogy

  • General MOSFET behavior:

    • Applied gate-to-source voltage allows current to flow from drain to source

  • Valve in fluid system


Example mosfet circuit
Example MOSFET circuit

  • If vGS < VT ID = 0 and vOUT = vDS; increasing vGSreducesvOUT


Mosfets as switches
MOSFETs as switches

  • If the gate voltage of the MOSFET toggles between two values, the MOSFET can behave as a switch:


Mosfets as dependent sources
MOSFETs as dependent sources

  • Approximate i-v curves:

  • Simple saturation-region MOSFET model:

  • Notes:

    • VT is the threshold voltage; ID = 0 if vGS < VT


Analog and digital signals
Analog and digital signals

  • Signals (voltages and currents) can be thought of as being either analog or digital

    • Analog signals are continuous

      (they take on all intermediate

      values when they change)

    • Digital signals are discrete

      (they can change abruptly

      between values)



Analog and digital signals continued
Analog and digital signals – continued signal.

  • Whether a signal (or circuit) is treated is being analog or digital is dependent upon how you want to model the circuit (it depends on the application)

  • For example, our MOSFET can act in two ways:

    • A MOSFET acting as a switch is generally treated as a digital circuit element

    • A MOSFET acting as a dependent source is generally treated as an analog circuit element


P channel mosfets
p-channel MOSFETs signal.

  • Operation of p-channel MOSFETs (p-FETs) is “similar” to n-FETs, EXCEPT:

    • Negative gate voltage applied, and current direction reversed

    • Operation is “inverted” from the n-FET operation


  • Demos: signal.

    • Show MOSFETS

    • Show variation in source current with gate voltage. (Emphasize that external power supply is required)


Active circuit elements bjts
Active circuit elements - BJTs signal.

  • BJTs – Bipolar Junction Transistors

    • BJTs can be npn or pnp

  • npn BJT construction:

  • BJTs can also be used as dependent power sources

    • BJTs provide a current controlled current source: the base current is used to control the collector-to-emitter current


  • Discussion: signal.

    • Probably counter-productive to try to do a detailed discussion of BJT operation.

    • What (basically) happens is that an applied base current allows a much larger current to flow from the collector to the emitter


Npn bjts continued
npn BJTs – continued signal.

  • BJTs have three terminals:

    • Base, collector, emitter

  • npn BJT circuit symbol:

  • Approximate i-v curves:



Bjts as dependent sources
BJTs as dependent sources current plus the base current (it is approximately equal to the collector current, since the base current is generally small)

  • Simple active-region BJT model:

    •  is the current gain; it is generally large (often over 100)

    • BJTs are commonly used as amplifiers. Low power at the base is converted to high power at the collector/emitter.


  • Demo: current plus the base current (it is approximately equal to the collector current, since the base current is generally small)

    • Show BJTs

    • Illustrate change in emitter current with base current (voltage). Emphasize external power supply.


Active circuit elements operational amplifiers
Active circuit elements - operational amplifiers current plus the base current (it is approximately equal to the collector current, since the base current is generally small)

  • Operational amplifier (or op-amp) based circuits are often used to perform mathematical operations

  • Operational amplifiers are constructed of a number of transistors, but are typically represented by the circuit symbol:


  • Annotate previous slide to show: current plus the base current (it is approximately equal to the collector current, since the base current is generally small)

    • Two inputs

    • One output

    • External power supplies (it’s an active circuit element)


Notes about operational amplifiers
Notes about operational amplifiers current plus the base current (it is approximately equal to the collector current, since the base current is generally small)

  • Op-amp circuits have two inputs and one output

  • Op-amps require (generally) two external power supply inputs

  • There is (ideally) no current flow into the input terminals

    • The op-amp absorbs no power from the circuit

  • The output voltage is the difference in the input voltages, multiplied by a large number (ideally, infinity)

    • However, the output voltage cannot exceed the range set by the external power supplies


Example op amp circuits
Example op-amp circuits current plus the base current (it is approximately equal to the collector current, since the base current is generally small)

  • Inverting voltage amplifier:

    • This overall circuit can be modeled as a dependent source (it is a voltage controlled voltage source)


Example op amp circuits1
Example op-amp circuits current plus the base current (it is approximately equal to the collector current, since the base current is generally small)

  • Differencing circuit:

    • This circuit can also be modeled as a voltage controlled voltage source (except two voltages control the output)


  • Demo: current plus the base current (it is approximately equal to the collector current, since the base current is generally small)

    • Show op-amp

    • Show op-amp circuits; emphasize external power supplies. Mention voltage rails limit output voltages.


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