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Part numbers

Part numbers

The types of some transistors can be parsed from the part number. There are three major semiconductor naming standards; in each the alphanumeric prefix provides clues to type of the device:
Japanese Industrial Standard (JIS) has a standard for transistor part numbers. They begin with "2S",[20] e.g. 2SD965, but sometimes the "2S" prefix is not marked on the package – a 2SD965 might only be marked "D965"; a 2SC1815 might be listed by a supplier as simply "C1815". This series sometimes has suffixes (such as "R", "O", "BL"... standing for "Red", "Orange", "Blue" etc.) to denote variants, such as tighter hFE (gain) groupings.
Beginning of Part Number Type of Transistor
2SA high frequency PNP BJTs
2SB audio frequency PNP BJTs
2SC high frequency NPN BJTs
2SD audio frequency NPN BJTs
2SJ P-channel FETs (both JFETs and MOSFETs)
2SK N-channel FETs (both JFETs and MOSFETs)
The Pro Electron part numbers begin with two letters: the first gives the semiconductor type (A for Germanium, B for Silicon, and C for materials like GaAs); the second letter denotes the intended use (A for diode, C for general-purpose transistor, etc.). A 3-digit sequence number (or one letter then 2 digits, for industrial types) follows (and, with early devices, indicated the case type – just as the older system for vacuum tubes used the last digit or two to indicate the number of pins, and the first digit or two for the filament voltage). Suffixes may be used, such as a letter (e.g. "C" often means high hFE, such as in: BC549C[21]) or other codes may follow to show gain (e.g. BC327-25) or voltage rating (e.g. BUK854-800A[22]). The more common prefixes are:
Prefix class Usage Example
AC Germanium small signal transistor AC126
AF Germanium RF transistor AF117
BC Silicon, small signal transistor ("allround") BC548B
BD Silicon, power transistor BD139
BF Silicon, RF (high frequency) BJT or FET BF245
BS Silicon, switching transistor (BJT or MOSFET) BS170
BL Silicon, high frequency, high power (for transmitters) BLW34
BU Silicon, high voltage (for CRT horizontal deflection circuits) BU508

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