Monthly Archives: February 2009

Types of Diodes

Diodes are an important part of today’s electronic components and are widely used for a number of applications. Accordingly, a large number of different types of diodes have been created to cater to their wide array of uses. The more popular types of diodes are described below. Schottky Diodes: These diodes are made from a semiconductor to metal contact instead of semiconductor-semiconductor junction. This gives them a lower forward drop voltage as compared to pn junction diodes. They have Read more [...]

Rotary Switches: Construction and Use

A rotary switch is a kind of switch that has a rotating shaft attached to a terminal. That terminal is able to make or break a connection to one (or more) other terminals. Rotary switches may feature different switch positions that can be set by rotating the switch spindle in one or another direction. Some common examples where a rotary switch might be used is in a multi-speed fan or as a band selector on multi-band radios. Until the early 1970's, rotary switches were used as channel selectors on Read more [...]

All About Self-Adhesive Rubber Feet

Self-adhesive rubber feet, also known as bumpers or bumpons, are a versatile product that can be used in many different ways around the house and workshop.The self-adhesive glue will stick to most surfaces including glass, wood, metals and plastics. In the home, you can use rubber feet as dampers to cushion the closing action of cabinet doors or drawers in your kitchen, bathrooms and laundry rooms. The rubber bumpers will protect your expensive cabinet doors and drawers from hitting the frame Read more [...]

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New Mystery Part: SCR5162-005 by Motorola

Sometimes we come across some new parts and there is no accompanying information. We search high and low for a data sheet but occasionally we are not successful. One such part is the Motorola SCR5162-005. So far we know (think?) it's a triac. But that's all we got. Do you know what it is? Do you have any specs for it? Let us know what you know and if we can verify the information, we'll send you a $5.00 gift card to shop on our web site which is the best online store for electronic components. Read more [...]

BUZ11 – a Popular Power MOSFET

The BUZ11 is an N-Channel enhancement mode silicon gate power field effect transistor designed for applications such as switching regulators, switching converters, motor drivers, relay drivers, and drivers for high power bipolar switchng transistors requiring high speed and low gate drive power. The BUZ11 is also used for DC-DC and DC-AC converters and in the automotive environment for injection, ABS, airbags, lampdrivers and more. It features: 33A 50V Nanosecond Switching Speed Linear Read more [...]

Low Power Quad Op Amps – LM324AD of the LM324 Series

The LM324 series consists of four independent, high-gain, internally frequency-compensated operational amplifiers designed specifically to operate from a single power supply over a wide range of voltages. In the linear mode, the input common-mode voltage range includes ground and the output voltage can also swing to ground, even though operated from only a single power supply voltage. The unity gain crossover frequency and the input bias current are temperature-compensated. The Read more [...]