Practical PIN Diodes

Part of the Electrical/Computer Science and Engineering Series book series (NRECSES)


The selection of a PIN to perform a particular microwave switching function begins with the choice of the size of the I region — specifically, its thickness, W, and cross sectional area, A. In practice, however, this characterization is usually accomplished using the related variables junction capacitance, CJ, which depends upon both A and W, and bulk breakdown voltage, VBB, which is proportional to W. What are the basic considerations in making these selections?


Junction Temperature Reverse Bias Voltage Thermal Time Constant Reverse Resistance Thermal Path 
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© Van Nostrand Reinhold Company 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Microwave Associates, Inc.BurlingtonUSA

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