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What is a Discrete Semiconductor?

A discrete semiconductor is an individual circuit which performs a single function that affects the flow of electrical current and is contained in its own package and not built on a common semiconductor with other components, so it is unlike an integrated circuit. Discrete semiconductors are circuits that are built out of individual semiconductor components which are connected together on a circuit board or terminal strip.

Types of Discrete Semiconductors

There are several different kinds of discrete semiconductors at Future Electronics. We stock many of the most common types categorized by several parameters including forward voltage, maximum average forward current, maximum peak current, polarity, power dissipation, collector current, CE Voltage and several other parameters specific to the discrete semiconductor. Our parametric filters will allow you to refine your search results according to the required specifications.

Discrete Semiconductors from Future Electronics

Future Electronics has a wide range of discrete semiconductors from several manufacturers. Once you decide if you need Diodes or Transistors, you will be able to choose from their technical attributes and your search results will be narrowed to match your specific discrete semiconductor application needs.

Applications for Discrete Semiconductors:

There are many applications that use Discrete Semiconductors including:

  • Voltage regulation
  • Tuning of radio and TV receivers
  • Surge protection
  • Amplification and sound reproduction
  • Power conversion
  • Temperature measurement
  • Current steering
  • Logic gates
  • General switching
  • Signal processing

Choosing the Right Discrete Semiconductor:

With the FutureElectronics.com parametric search, when looking for the right discrete semiconductors, you can filter the results by category. We carry the following categories of discrete semiconductors:

  • Diodes
  • Transistors

Once you choose the discrete semiconductor category, you can narrow them down by various attributes: by forward voltage, maximum average forward current, polarity, power dissipation, maximum peak current, CE Voltage and collector current, to name a few. You will be able to find the right Transistors or Diodes by using these filters.

Discrete Semiconductors in Production Ready Packaging or R&D Quantities

We offer to our customers several of our discrete semiconductors in quantities that will help you avoid unneeded surplus.

Future Electronics also offers its clients a unique bonded inventory program designed to eliminate potential problems that may arise from an unpredictable supply of products that could contain raw metals and products with erratic or long lead times. Talk with your nearest Future Electronics branch and find out more on how you can avoid possible shortages.