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Experimenter’s Transistor Tester

For go/non-go and device gain testing

Based on a Labs project | July 2014 | Find it here
Experimenter’s Transistor Tester
This simple Platino-based Transistor Tester is designed to subject dodgy and unmarked transistors to OK/RIP and gain tests in a simple way. Transistor matching is also within reach. The instrument handles NPN, PNP bipolar transistors as well as n- and p-channel MOSFETs.
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Specifications & Features
Tests bipolar NPN/PNP; MOSFET N/P channel
Device gain range: 5 – 999 (approx.)
Auto identification of bipolar/MOSFET, P/N type, c/b/e/ leads, MOSFET gate lead
Indicates faulty or no transistor
ATMega32 microcontroller on Elektor Platino board
Bascom AVR software (free)
20 x 4 LC Display
Optional control and readout via serial terminal
DC Input: 12 – 18 VDC
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Component List
(5%, 250mW)
R1,R5,R9 = 100kOhm
R2,R6,R10 = 1kOhm
R3,R7,R11 = 100Ohm
R4,R8,R12 = 5.6kOhm
R13 = 4.7kOhm
C1 = 1000µF 35V radial
C2,C3 = 100nF
C4 = 100µF 16V
C5,C6,C7 = 1nF
IC1 = MC7805
IC2,IC3,IC4 = 74HC4052
D1 = 1N4007
T1 = BC548
K1,K2,K3 = single-row pinheader socket, cut to size from 36-way part
K4 = dual-row pinheader socket, cut to size from 72-way part
K5 = 2-way PCB screw terminal block, 0.2” pitch
K6 = 3-way PCB screw terminal block, 0.2” pitch
3 pcs DIP-16 IC socket
PCB, Elektor Store # 130544-1
(Component descriptions from ELPP)

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