How Transistors Work

Dated:2016-09-06      Popularity:1299


How transistors work is probably the hardest concept for you to understand as a beginner. This time we will explain it in a simple way. 

The transistor is like an electronic switch. It can turn a current on and off. A simple way you can think of it is to look at the transistor as a relay without any moving parts. A transistor is similar to a relay in the sense that you can use it to turn something on and off. The transistor works because of something called a semiconducting material. A current flowing from the base to the emitter “opens” the flow of current from the collector to the emitter.

The transistor is also what makes amplifiers work. Instead of having just two states (on or off) it can also be anywhere in between “fully on” and “fully off”. A small “control current” can then control how big a portion of a bigger “main current” that is going to flow through it. Thereby, the transistor can amplify a signal. We use transistors in almost all electronics and it’s probably the most important component in electronics.


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