Glossary Definition for Peak Inverse Voltage

Glossary Term: Peak Inverse Voltage 

Definition

Peak Inverse Voltage (PIV) or Peak Reverse Voltage (PRV) refer to the maximum voltage a diode or other device can withstand in the reverse-biased direction before breakdown. Also may be called Reverse Breakdown Voltage.

Note that PIV is also an abbreviation for FIPS 201 Personal Identity Verification.

Synonyms
  • Reverse Breakdown Voltage
  • peak reverse voltage
  • PIV
  • PRV

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