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What is mosfet and its types?

What is mosfet and its types?


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MOSFETs are one of the essential types of transistors used in modern electronic devices. This article will discuss MOSFETs, their types, how they work, and some common applications.


A Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor-Field-Effect-Transistor (MOSFET) is a transistor used to control electric fields. It is made up of a metal oxide semiconductor material that is sandwiched between two conductive plates. The electric field controls the flow of electrons between the two conductive plates.

MOSFETs are one of the most widely used transistors in electronic devices. They are used in various applications, such as amplifiers, switches, and voltage regulators. It uses electrons instead of holes for conduction.

MOSFETs are used in electronic devices such as amplifiers, switches, and logic gates.

MOSFETs are controlled by the voltage applied to their gate terminal. When the gate voltage is high, the MOSFET is turned on, and current can flow through the device. When the gate voltage is low, the MOSFET is turned off, and the current cannot flow. Let’s dive into its details a little more.

Basic Understanding of MOSFET

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MOSFETs are available in various shapes and sizes and can be made from multiple materials. They can be used in both digital and analog circuits.

It is a semiconductor transistor with three terminals: source, drain, and gate.

When the gate is made to conduct electricity by applying a voltage to the control terminal (gate), current flows through the substrate from the source-drain junction (source) to the drain-gate junction (drain).

In other words, MOSFET acts as an electronic switch that allows current to flow through one path only, whereas it blocks another path for no flow of electrical current. MOSFETs are used in various electronic devices because they are fast, efficient, and require little power.

What is the distinction between bipolar transistors and MOSFETs?

The main difference between bipolar transistors and MOSFETs is how they are fabricated.

Bipolar transistors can be made in one step. At the same time, MOSFETs require two steps: deposition on a semi-insulating substrate followed by patterning and gate isolation using photoresist masks created with photolithography techniques such as RIE (Rapid Ion Etch).

What are Gate voltage, Positive voltage, and Negative voltage?

The gate voltage (Vg) is the voltage difference between the gate and the source. The source voltage (Vs) is the voltage difference between the source and the drain. 

When a positive gate voltage is passed to the MOSFET, it creates an electric field that repels electrons. This positive gate voltage increases the resistance of the channel and decreases the current that can flow through it. A positive gate voltage is therefore used to control the current in a MOSFET.

What is Depletion mode MOSFET?

The depletion mode MOSFET is a MOSFET in which the gate voltage is negative with respect to the source. In a depletion mode MOSFET, the channel is created by doping the semiconductor with a type of impurity that makes an excess of electrons.

The electrons are drawn to the gate when a voltage is applied to the gate. It creates a depletion of electrons in the channel. It results in a decrease in current flow through the channel, known as depletion mode.

In the depletion mode, the channel is created by doping the semiconductor with a type of impurity that makes a negative charge. The MOSFET is turned on by applying a voltage to the negative gate with respect to the source in the depletion mode.

The MOSFET is turned off by making the gate voltage positive with respect to the source in the depletion mode. The main advantage of depletion mode MOSFETs over other types is that they can create tiny transistors.

Working Principle of MOSFET

MOSFETs are voltage-controlled field effect transistors that act as switches, amplifiers, and current regulators.

They are also used in high-power applications like automotive electronics and industrial control systems. A MOSFET has three terminals – gate (G), drain (D), and source (S). The gate terminal is connected to the transistor base, while the collector is associated directly with drain voltage VDS.

A MOSFET can be used in many applications such as switching, amplification, rectification, detection, etc. Still, it has been widely used in power electronics since Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation invented it in 1962.

The MOSFET is an n-channel depletion mode device having two terminals: gate and drain; a well n-type region under the gate electrode biased with negative gate voltages (-VGS).

Drain current flows through the channel region between Source & Drain due to Coulomb interaction between electrons & holes present inside this region which generates voltage drop across the channel when there are no holes present at the gate terminal

What are MOSFET Regions of Operations?

MOSFETs can operate in three different regions, depending on the voltage applied to the gate: linear, saturation, and triode.

In the linear region, the voltage applied to the gate controls the current flowing through the device, and the relationship between the two is linear. In saturation, the current is limited by the voltage applied to the drain, and the gate voltage controls no longer affect the current. Finally, the device is in its most non-linear state in the triode, and both the gate and drain voltages limit the current.

What is Ideal Switch Characteristics

MOSFETs are switches in various electronic applications, and several characteristics determine their performance. The ideal characteristics of a MOSFET switch include low resistance, fast switching speed, and low power consumption.

The width and length of the channel determine the resistance of a MOSFET – a wider channel means lower resistance. The channel length also affects the resistance, with shorter channels having lower resistance. The on-resistance of a MOSFET can be further reduced by increasing the doping concentration in the channel.

The gate capacitance and the gate-to-drain capacitance determine the switching speed of a MOSFET. The gate capacitance is determined by the width of the channel and the oxide thickness. The channel length determines the gate-to-drain capacitance: the shorter the channel, the faster the switching speed.

The resistance and the switching speed determine the power consumption of a MOSFET. The lower the resistance, the lower the power consumption. The faster the switching speed, the higher the power consumption.

Now let’s look at the types of MOSFET.

What are the Types of MOSFET

MOSFETs are divided into enhancement and depletion types. The enhancement type MOSFET has a reverse-biased gate, which acts as an open circuit when the Gate-Source voltage exceeds Vgs.

In this condition, no current flows through the P-N junction due to forward bias applied on the gate electrode by channel current flowing from drain to source terminals via channel region with low resistance (RDS(on)).

Enhancement type MOSFET

The enhancement type MOSFET is a MOSFET with its gate voltage pulled down to the ground by an external resistor. It makes the gate voltage negative, which turns off the channel (that’s what we mean when we say “turns off”).

Applying a positive voltage on your gate, like 10V or more, will cause this device to turn on by pulling its drain current up to high levels.

The opposite happens if you make your source higher than the ground: here’s where things get interesting. If no circuit element is connected between the drain and source voltages of such an enhancement FET, it will act like a typical depletion-mode FET with one transistor per channel.

However, there are other elements connected between those two points but only sometimes at all times. In that case, these two points will form two separate zones within which charges can accumulate without affecting each other directly.”

Depletion type MOSFET

The depletion type MOSFET is a metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET) with a p-n junction between the source and drain. Depletion-type MOSFETs have high resistance, making them ideal for rectifier circuits.

To turn on and off an electrical circuit with a MOSFET, you need to apply a positive voltage across its gate while keeping it at zero volts so there is no current flowing through it.

Also, ensure that when you turn your device off again, it should be done by applying negative voltage onto its gate terminals until they become negative again, which will cause current flow down until reaching zero volts once more before turning itself back into an off position again.

N Channel Enhancement Type MOSFETs

N channel enhancement type MOSFETs are used in circuits where high voltage is required. They have high on-resistance and low off-resistance, making them ideal for applications such as DC motors and power supplies.

The N-channel enhancement type MOSFET has many advantages over other types of MOSFETs, including higher switching speeds and more stability under higher temperatures.

P Channel Enhancement Type MOSFETs

P-channel enhancement type MOSFETs are three-terminal semiconductor field-effect transistors with an electrical conductivity change in the channel region. The main features of this type are:

They have high resistance at low frequencies and low resistance at high frequencies.

They have a more significant subthreshold slope than other kinds of FETs, such as NPN and PN junction FETs, but smaller than BSJFETs (bipolar junction field effect transistors).

N Channel Depletion Type MOSFET

N-channel depletion type MOSFETs are used in digital circuits because they can be turned on and off with a low gate voltage. They have a negative voltage threshold, so an external voltage source needs to turn them on.

The drain-source port has a high conductivity, which means that electrons flow easily through it. It allows current to flow through the device when no current flows in other directions (like through a Drain or Source).

When you connect one side of your circuit with both sides, you will get an output signal from your circuit that goes high if enough power flows into your FET’s gate voltage terminal (Vgs).

If not enough power goes through Vgs, this output signal will go low because there needs to be more current going into either Drain or Source terminals. It causes them to be unable to produce any significant amount of heat within their respective devices. It is due to only being able to generate lower voltages than what was needed initially intended for production purposes.”

P Channel Depletion Type MOSFET

The P channel depletion type MOSFET is called n channel enhancement type MOSFET. It works on the principle of voltage control. In this case, the current flowing through the device does not change direction but only speeds up or slows down due to varying applied voltages.

It is similar to another MOSFET but with an opposite polarity of charge carriers inside its semiconductor material layer at different potential levels controlled by external circuit elements (see Figure 2).

The main difference between these two types lies in how they achieve their results. At the same time, it can be done by switching off NPN transistors when turning on an external load (or vice versa). PN2211A’s design uses both techniques simultaneously, so no switching must occur. Instead, it relies on changing resistance and capacitance values within a single device!

Applications of MOSFET

MOSFETs are used in a variety of applications, including:

Switching power supplies

A switching power supply is a device that converts DC voltage into AC voltage and vice versa. This power supply does it through an H-bridge circuit or an ordinary PWM controller IC.


Inverters use MOSFETs to switch between two different voltages. An inverter converts low-frequency alternating current (AC) into direct current (DC), providing clean power for your appliances without needing transformers or other expensive components.

Does MOSFET switches between on and off state?

Mosfet is a transistor that switches between an on and off state. It can control current flow in a circuit or as an element of power electronics (where it acts like a switch).

In motor control applications, MOSFETs are often used to control the speed of motors through high-frequency switching. The MOSFET uses a voltage to control the amount of current that flows through it.

When a positive voltage is applied to one terminal of the MOSFET, electrons leave the source and flow through an external circuit until they reach the other terminal, where they are collected by another load (such as an LED).

Example of MOSFET as a Switch

A MOSFET can be switched by controlling the gate source voltage. When the voltage is below the threshold voltage, No current can flow through the channel because the MOSFET is in the off state.

When the gate source voltage is above the threshold voltage, the MOSFET is in the state, and the current can flow through the channel. The MOSFET can be turned on and off rapidly by switching the gate source voltage, making it ideal for a switch.

Advantages of MOSFET

MOSFETs have many advantages over other types of transistors. They are speedy, have meager power consumption, and can be used to create tiny and compact electronic devices.

Other advantages over traditional bipolar junction transistors include higher switching speeds, lower power consumption, and greater scalability. MOSFETs are also much easier to fabricate than bipolar junction transistors, making them ideal for integrated circuits.

Disadvantages of MOSFET

One of the main disadvantages of MOSFETs is that they are relatively complex devices. It means they are more challenging to design and manufacture than other transistors. Additionally, MOSFETs tend to be more expensive than different types of transistors.

Another disadvantage of MOSFETs is that they are susceptible to damage from electrostatic discharge (ESD). It can occur when the device is exposed to high voltages, such as in lightning storms. If the MOSFET is not correctly protected, the ESD can damage the machine, causing it to malfunction.

Finally, MOSFETs are also relatively slow devices. It is due to how they operate. MOSFETs use the movement of electrons to control the flow of current, which is slower than the movement of other charge carriers.


MOSFETs are the most common type of FETs. They are essential for designing circuits and devices that use power from batteries or power supplies.

The MOSFET can be used to switch electronic signals and amplify or block the flow of current. MOSFET is used in many applications, including computers, televisions, motors, and other electronic devices.

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