Transistor dissipation

Discussion in 'Homework Help' started by zero_crack87, Sep 3, 2008.

  1. zero_crack87

    Thread Starter New Member

    Sep 3, 2008
    why the specified maximum power dissipation of a power transistor at an ambient temperature of 25 celcius is much less than maximum power dissipation at a case temperature of 25 celcius?
  2. beenthere

    Retired Moderator

    Apr 20, 2004
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    That's not how it works. The dissipation is rated at 25c and gets derated by some fraction of a watt for each rise in case temp above 25c.
  3. Audioguru


    Dec 20, 2007
    How are you going to keep the case at 25 degrees C when the transistor is hot?
    The case will also get hot then the chip will be too hot. So you must reduce the power.