# Up to what frequency can an N channel Mosfet turn something on and off?

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1. ### kavkav Thread Starter Member

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I'm building a high frequency amplifier using a common emitter amplifer setup. I want to use an N channel Mosfet as my switch but I wan to know if it can handle a frequency range of 1MHz to 3MHz without sacrificing anything like duty cycle and etc. Thanks.

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3. ### crutschow Expert

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The speed of a MOSFET switch is usually limited by how fast you can charge and discharge the large gate capacitance to turn it on and off. The intrinsic speed of the MOSFET is quite fast. To ease your drive requirements use a MOSFET with a current rating no more than about 25% above you maximum switching current and look for one with the lowest total gate charge (which is the amount of charge you need to add or remove to turn the transistor on and off). But you will still need to use a high current gate driver circuit to minimize the switching speed.

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6. ### Ron H AAC Fanatic!

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Give us more details about what you're wanting to switch.

7. ### SPQR Member

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I'm asking this question out of ignorance.
What type of signal are you amplifying?

8. ### kavkav Thread Starter Member

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Okay so your saying I have to add a capacitor at the gate and the switching speed depends on speed of charge and discharge of the capacitor. Does that mean I have to use the time ratio formula which is dependent on capacitance? Also, what would happen if I didn't add a capacitor, and just had my signal directly hitting the gate?

You mention that I require high current for the gate in order to minimize switching speed. If I want a high switching speed does that mean a lower current would achieve this? Thanks

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10. ### kavkav Thread Starter Member

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I have an experiment that I've done on small scale. It worked and all is good but now I want to make the experiment on larger scale. The signal is a DC pulsed frequency ranging from 1MHz to 3MHz. I'm using a function generator to produce the pulse and to activate the gate of the mosfet.

Now all I need is a 100 watt power supply or a couple high voltage batteries which I'm having trouble finding.

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