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Old 12th May 2007, 08:11 AM   #1
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Default mosfet amp protection diodes

many design have in the gates of mosfet diodes for gate overdrive protection

any body knows if this technic can be also applyied to designs that have quasi output configuration ????

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Old 12th May 2007, 07:15 PM   #2
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Try this. But be carefull because i don't have check it in practice. Also as you know, i don't like Mosfets. This method used by John Linsley Hood in his well known 150W Mosfet amplifier project.

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Old 12th May 2007, 08:01 PM   #3
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This scheme of protection zeners becames from the project of JLH slightly modified during 1985 in the hellenic magazine "«◊Ō”" (Sound & Image) from Theodoros Spinoulas if i remember well. This amplifier was the first and the last Mosfet amplifier that i have build in my life. For this protection scheme i am in posetion to confirm that it works fine.

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mostfets gates without internal gate protection diodes are as likely to fail from excess reverse V as they are from forward V - so the opposing diode in series with the protecting Zener in the above schematics leave the gate oxide at risk
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Old 13th May 2007, 12:40 AM   #5
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In both schematics, you can get by with only the single zener
diode on each output set - it will not be forward biased in linear
operation and will protect against large negative Vgs as well as
positive.

Also in both schematics, it is wise to put the zener diodes on
the outside of the gate resistors, otherwise you will occasionally
encounter parasitic oscillation.

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In both schematics, you can get by with only the single zener
diode on each output set - it will not be forward biased in linear
operation and will protect against large negative Vgs as well as
positive.

Also in both schematics, it is wise to put the zener diodes on
the outside of the gate resistors, otherwise you will occasionally
encounter parasitic oscillation.

As i said before, i don't have experience about mosfets. Simply i try to help Sakis. According to your suggestions i changed the schematic to this below. It is correct now?

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Old 14th May 2007, 02:54 AM   #7
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Some LATFETs already incoporate protection diodes inside them.
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Quote:
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otherwise you will occasionally
encounter parasitic oscillation.
I haven't encountered yet any oscillation from placing the zeners directly to gate-source terminals
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Old 14th May 2007, 04:05 AM   #9
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Quote:
Originally posted by fotios
It is correct now?
If you drop D1 it will swing more positive output.


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I haven't encountered yet any oscillation from placing the zeners directly to gate-source terminals
Not typical, but I have seen it.

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Old 14th May 2007, 06:18 AM   #10
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Letís start from the beginning because I believe that has become confusion. Below it is the original design of BORAíS LEGEND but redrawn so that it is comprehensible. Because the initial drawing that I had received from sakis was inconceivable.
Maybe mr. Jagodic can confirm that there is not any mistake in the values of components and in the connections of this drawn?

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