Glossary Definition for MOSFET

Glossary Term: MOSFET 

Definition

Metal-oxide semiconductor field-effect transistor; metal-oxide silicon field-effect transmitter.

In a MOSFET, the conductive channel between the drain and source contacts is controlled by a metal gate separated from the channel by a very thin insulating layer of oxide. The gate voltage establishes a field that allows or blocks current flow.

Compare to a JFET, in which a p-n junction controls the channel; or a MESFET, which uses a metal-semiconductor (Schottky) junction.

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