TO-220 diode built-in 'Parallel'

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Willen

Joined Nov 13, 2015
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Most of the engineers recommend not to use parallel diodes for the greater power. But I can see many TO-220 diodes which have two diodes in parallel internally. How can I understand?
 

Reloadron

Joined Jan 15, 2015
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Hi Willen, can you provide an example? Having two diodes in a single die (or single TO220 package) is very common. Generally they share a common cathode or common anode. A common application would be a full wave rectifier circuit using a transformer with a CT (Center Tap). Take a look at this link. Scroll down to the first full wave rectifier circuit example. Two diodes which could easily be in a single die with a common cathode.

Note the diodes are not exactly in parallel but share either a common anode or cathode. Thus three legs.

Ron
 

dl324

Joined Mar 30, 2015
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Most of the engineers recommend not to use parallel diodes for the greater power. But I can see many TO-220 diodes which have two diodes in parallel internally. How can I understand?
Do you have a part number for reference?

Diodes that are manufactured on the same substrate can be designed for good matching. The same can't be said for discrete diodes; even ones from the same batch.
 

crutschow

Joined Mar 14, 2008
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Even though the two diodes in the package could be connected in parallel, they normally aren't, but are used as part of a full-wave rectifier or bridge.
 
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