Need Help ID'ing Transistor

Tom D

Member
2002-09-16 4:17 pm
USA
I'm trying to properly identify a Transistor. The transistor I need to replace is marked: BD140.

I cross-referenced it at NTE, and it comes up with 2 NTE replacements(NTE185 & NTE374) both PNP.

The search matched BD140 to NTE374 and matched BD140-10 and BD140-6 to NTE185.

So, I'm assuming the correct one is the NTE374 since the transistor did not have a -10 or -6 next to it. I just want to be sure to get the right one.

Thanks for any help.

Tom
 

Tom D

Member
2002-09-16 4:17 pm
USA
KenP said:
Does that mean that NTE transistors are unreliable or are they just not the same quality as the originals? I'm asking this because I was just about to order some bd139,bd140, bd546 and a few others from Mouser and all they have is NTE.


No; I'm not assuming the NTE's are unreliable or poor quality. I just want to know if the right replacement is the NTE374 or NTE185 as described in my original post.
 
KenP said:
Does that mean that NTE transistors are unreliable or are they just not the same quality as the originals? I'm asking this because I was just about to order some bd139,bd140, bd546 and a few others from Mouser and all they have is NTE.

HI Ken,

My experiance is that what NTE claims is a substitute does not always have the same characteristics as the part in question. I got some NTE fets for a low noise applications (that's all the local part supplier had in stock) and their noise performance was much worse than the real parts.

Used judiciously NTE are ok, just be sure what you are buying is actually a replacement for what you need.

Phil
 
Tom D,

Fairchild have full production of BD140, and maybe other
manufacturers as well. You can find the datasheet at
http://www.fairchildsemi.com/ds/BD/BD140.pdf

There are three versions, BD140-6, BD140-10 and BD140-16,
which are simply classifications of the hFE range of the device.
If your devices are only labelled BD140, it probably means the
manufacturer has not bothered to test the hFE and classify
the devices, so it has a wider spread of hFE values. I suggest
you compare this datasheet to the datasheets for the suggested
NTE devices and try to figure out which one might be the most
appropriate in your case.
 

rtirion

Member
2000-11-24 12:02 am
BD 139 and BD140 are european transistors. Quite common types.
BD546 I do not know. Could it be you mean BC546?

They are/were produced by Philips, Siemens, Telefunken and probably some other manufacters.

How many would you need. I might be able to spare some.

Regards
 

Tom D

Member
2002-09-16 4:17 pm
USA
Christer said:
Tom D,

Fairchild have full production of BD140, and maybe other
manufacturers as well. You can find the datasheet at
http://www.fairchildsemi.com/ds/BD/BD140.pdf

There are three versions, BD140-6, BD140-10 and BD140-16,
which are simply classifications of the hFE range of the device.
If your devices are only labelled BD140, it probably means the
manufacturer has not bothered to test the hFE and classify
the devices, so it has a wider spread of hFE values. I suggest
you compare this datasheet to the datasheets for the suggested
NTE devices and try to figure out which one might be the most
appropriate in your case.

Thanks!! I just checked Fairchild also and found the BD140. I found a BD140 at ST Microelectronics also at www.st.com

I'm printing out all the datasheets, as well as the NTE ones, so I should be able to come up with the right one. Thanks again everyone!!