Glossary Definition for complementary

Glossary Term: complementary 

Definition

An output structure which uses one active device to source current and a second device to sink current. Common examples are: a CMOS stage in which an n-channel device pulls toward ground or a negative supply and a p-channel device pushes current to bring the output up; an output stage in an audio amplifier with an NPN and PNP device in totem-pole configuration.

See application note 660, "Regulator topologies for battery-powered systems."
Synonyms
  • Push-Pull

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