Chopper transistor | Article about chopper transistor by The Free Dictionary
chopper transistor[′chäp·ər tran′zis·tər]
A bipolar or field-effect transistor operated as a repetitive “on/off” switch to produce square-wave modulation of an input signal.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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