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How to determine the forward direction of Zener diodes?

Latest Updated:08/01/2005

Question:

Only backward direction characteristics are listed for Zener diodes. What about the forward direction characteristics?

Answer:

The same characteristics as for general diodes are indicated.
In the case of silicon, the rise characteristics are approximately 0.6 V.
However, in the case of Zener diodes, the forward direction characteristics are not measured, and they are therefore not guaranteed.
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