May 4, 1964 Electronics
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Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics.
See articles from Electronics,
published 1930 - 1988. All copyrights hereby acknowledged.
Everything is relative... just
ask Albert Einstein. The use of terms like "contemporary," "modern," etc., in
the titles of books has always annoyed me. They would be okay if the titles also
included the year or at least the decade to which the claim applies. Not quite as
nefarious is the claim of "high frequency" when describing electronics components
since it is safe to assume that most readers understand the era to which it applies.
To a lesser extent that goes for "high voltage" and "high current." This 1964 advertisement
for Motorola's Oxide-Passivated Silicon Annular Transistors appeared in Electronics
magazine touting the high frequency capability for switching and RF amplification.
The 2N2501 "switching transistor" for instance has a gain bandwidth product (fT)
of 350 MHz at a current of 10 mA. The "general purpose" high current (1000 mA)
2N3244 has an fT of 175 MHz. Transistor evolution has produced devices
which operate into the millimeter wave (even light) realm and are fabricated with
semiconductor compounds that were only laboratory curiosities at the time.
Motorola PNP & NPN Oxide-Passivated Silicon Annular* Transistors
Motorola PNP & NPN Oxide-Passivated
Silicon Annular* Transistors for Every High-Frequency Application!
• Optimum Switching... 300 mA to 800 mA
• BVCEO to 50 V
PNP 2N3244, 45
NPN 2N3252, 53
New PNP and NPN silicon annular transistors designed for high-current line and
core driver applications as high as 1 ampere. Featuring the 6-pointed geometry Star†
transistors, and available in the high power-dissipation solid-header TO-5 package,
these new Motorola devices are the fastest silicon switches available in their current
Look to Motorola for Continued Leadership in Silicon Transistors... The low-leakage
annular process, monometallic construction for high-temperature reliability, and
epitaxial high-frequency performance are only a few of the reasons why you should
specify Motorola for your silicon transistor requirements.
• Optimum Switching ... 10 mA to 400 mA
• BVCEO to 60V
For complementary switching applications at medium-current ranges, Motorola offers
both PNP and NPN silicon Star transistors. Designed specifically for general purpose
switching and amplifier applications, the popular Star transistors are available
in both the TO-5 and TD-18 packages. (New "A" versions feature a minimum beta of
40 from 100μA to 500μA).
Silicon annular devices featured on these pages are immediately available through
your Motorola Semiconductor Distributor or District Office. Call them today!
• Optimum Switching ... 1 mA to 100 mA
• BVCEO to 40V
With the addition of transistor types 2N3248-51 in the small-geometry configuration,
Motorola is now able to offer both PNP and NPN low-level, ultra-high-speed annular
devices for switching and amplifier applications. Available in the standard TO-18
package, these new logic devices will meet virtually all of your low-level logic
* The Annular process provides true silicon oxide passivation and eliminates
uncontrolled "channeling" and leakage to the edges of the transistor die. Patents
† Trademark of Motorola Inc.
Motorola Semiconductor Products Inc.
Box 955 • Phoenix, Arizona 85001 • A Subsidiary of Motorola Inc.
Posted June 13, 2019