Difference between thyristor and transistor

Before we learn about the difference between thyristor and transistor first let we understand the difference between two types of transistor called NPN and PNP transistor and thyristor meaning. Now let us talk about the difference between thyristor and transistor to know more details about this topic.
  • The thyristor is a four-layer semiconductor device, the transistor is a three-layer semiconductor device.
  • Thyristor having better power handling capacity than a transistor.
  • Thyristor having high current and voltage rating while transistor having too much low current and voltage rating.
  • In thyristor internal loss is less as compared to a transistor device.
  • Thyristor having suitable for high power applications but the transistor is suitable for a high-frequency application.
  • Rating in thyristor is in kW while the transistor is always in measure watt.
  • A transistor having too much light in weight.
  • The thyristor can be used as switches while transistors can be used as switches or amplifiers.
  • Thyristor requires more time to turn on and turn off but transistor require takes very less time to turn on and turn off.
  • The thyristor can be considered as a tightly couple pair of a transistor in an analysis.
So in this above difference we can to conclude that thyristor and transistor both devices are switching devices but thyristor is not suitable for the high-frequency application and the same way the transistor is not suitable for high power application nowadays.  

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