Glossary Definition for Transconductance

Glossary Term: Transconductance 


The gain of a transconductance amplifier (an amp in which a change in input voltage causes a linear change in output current). The basic gain of vacuum tubes and FETs is expressed as transconductance. It is represented with the symbol gm.

The term derives from "transfer conductance" and is measured in siemens (S), where 1 siemens = 1 ampere per volt. It was formerly measured as "mho" (ohm spelled backwards).

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