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What are terms for ensuring damage resulting in complete insulation?

Latest Updated:08/01/2005

Question:

I want to burn off a Zener diode like a fuse in the case of an overcurrent, but what are the conditions for ensuring breakage resulting in complete insulation?

Answer:

Since Zener diodes are elements that assure a constant voltage with a reverse bias, they are not designed for such destruction applications.
Therefore, do not use Zener diodes for such an application. Characteristics data for such an application are not available.

The destruction mode of semiconductor products can be either open, short, or ohmic contact, so specification of a particular mode is not possible.

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