Bootstrap

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by kubeek, Sep 5, 2014.

  1. kubeek

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    Could someone please explain to me, a non native english speaker, why are so many different things called bootstrap?
    The few examples that I can think of right now:
    bootstrap cap in half bridge driver
    bootstrap cap in common emitter amplifier
    bootstrap as a bootloader
    What do these have in common?
     
  2. alfacliff

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    something that has to be done first. or has to do its function first.
     
  3. wayneh

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    Not just first, but by itself. A necessary function that is performed by the device itself to get things started.

    I suppose this is more eloquent and thorough.
     
  4. KMoffett

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