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Introduction to Rectifiers

Authored on: Jul 1, 2003 by Kent Walters

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Rectifiers are the largest class of products in the diode family. They are primarily used for blocking in one direction and conducting in the other. These include General Purpose, Standard, Fast, UltraFast, Signal/Switching, High-voltage and Schottky Rectifiers. Except for Schottky rectifiers, all are of p-n junction technology with different processing features to optimize parametric requirements for the variety of applications implied by their titles. In addition, these diode products can be further placed into more useful packaged configurations of bridges, half bridges, doublers, center taps, arrays, or power modules. This article introduces rectifiers.

For more information on Rectifiers, visit Microsemi's Web site.

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