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website - a comprehensive collection of information about zener diodes.
Zener diode General Information
Here are links to some of the most informative introductory articles on zener diodes
article introducing zener diode characteristics and their uses in voltage regulation.
What is a Zener Diode?
introductory article to zener diodes and their uses.
- from All About Circuits
How to Use Zener Diodes
- from Elliott Sound Products
and here are some shorter articles which may also be of interest despite being rather limited:
What is a Zener Diode?
- a summary of zener diode basics, and some simple zener diode circuits.
The Zener Effect and Zener Diodes
- from Avtech
The zener diode
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Zener Diode Datasheets
- Datasheets for hundreds of zener regulation diodes
Zener Diode Voltage Regulators
Zener diodes are most commonly used to make simple voltage regulators
as shown in the circuit diagram below. To use our zener diode voltage regulator
calculator, enter the requested values below and click the Calculate
button. The required value and minimum power rating of the resistor
and zener diode
will then be displayed.
Zener Diode Voltage Regulator
- from REUK.co.uk
. Includes another voltage regulator calculator
with an explanation of the underlying calculations.
Zener Diode Regulator
- Explanation of how resistor and zener diode should be selected for a reliable voltage regulator.
Obtaining Lower Fixed Voltages
- Basic explanation of using zener diodes
in voltage regulators. Also includes information about the use of standard diodes, fixed regulators, and resistors in order to obtain a desired output voltage.
Zener Diode Lecture Videos
Here is a link to an excellent introductory university lecture
entitled Zener Diode Characteristics
from the Indian Institute of Technology
of Madras, India. This video is 1 hour long: