Category Archives: Thyristors

What Are Diacs And Triacs Used For?

When you switch on your fan or light, chances are you also have a dimmer controller to control the speed of the fan or the intensity of the incandescent or LED light. Typically, dimmers are useful only where alternating currents are used, because they have components that allow only part of the waveform to reach the appliance. That means the appliance receives only part of the energy supplied and hence runs slower or glows dimly. Dimmers accomplish this AC waveform chopping or phase control with Read more [...]

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 [...]