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Old 15th June 2005, 01:04 PM   #1
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The following circuit appeared in the design ideas section of EDN:

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the description can be found here:
http://a330.g.akamai.net/7/330/2540/...es/60905di.pdf
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Old 15th June 2005, 03:42 PM   #2
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Q2 is not going to live very long...
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Old 15th June 2005, 07:02 PM   #3
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Insert a resistor in the base of Q2 to protect it.

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Of course - my point was, it's rather strange for a specialised magazine to publish this not noticing such an obvious mistake, let alone in such a simple circuit.
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they do print corrections at EDN
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Old 16th June 2005, 02:38 AM   #6
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I don't know why Q2 will be killed - I think Q1 has a better chance of getting killed.

The "flaw" in the design is that the voltage drop over Q1 is always Vbe of Q2, and if there is a lot of current going through Q1, it will get hold quickly.

Also, the design would be a lot more interesting if it is done on N-channels.
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Guys, I'll guess you don't have notice that this mosfet is connected backwards (we use this also at work) and the circuit may not need any gate resistors. This has to be determined from case to case.
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Therez no base current limit for Q1..in a practical circuit any short or overload will damage Q1 ......
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You may have Vgs breakdown for the kind of voltage solid-state amp will see.

Q2 is fine. It should turn Q1 off fast enough before its base-emitter junction melts.
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Guys, I'll guess you don't have notice that this mosfet is connected backwards (we use this also at work)

are you sure about that?
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