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GTO, GTR, MOSFET and IGBT – what are the advantages and disadvantages

GTO, GTR, MOSFET and IGBT are often used in power electronic devices. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses. This article focuses on the advantages and disadvantages of the four transistors.

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Difference Between MOSFET and IGBT

GTO (Gate Turn-Off) transistor

GTO (Gate Turn-Off) transistor
GTO (Gate Turn-Off) transistor

1. GTO transistors have high voltage withstand capabilities and strong switching capabilities, and can control large currents;
2. The silicon-controlled thyristor (SCR) circuit can be upgraded, and its asymmetric structure can be controlled from the cathode;
3. GTO transistors have high efficiency, high-frequency operation and fast switching speed, and their losses are less than or equal to SCR;
4. It has good dynamic characteristics and can switch at high speed, so it is widely used in fields such as frequency converters, power transmission and drive devices.

1. GTO transistors require the introduction of a control circuit, which reduces the flexibility of the system;
2. Requires a lot of circuit design and transistor pin layout;
3. The complexity of detailed design makes manufacturing costs higher.

GTR (Gate Turn-Off Thyristor) transistor

1. GTR transistors have faster emission speed and stability than Karman tubes, thyristors and other devices, which enhances device control and reduces control current consumption;
2. It has current commutation capability and can be used in resistance-capacitance DC regulation and AC cross control;
3. GTR transistors have high-speed switching capabilities and can operate at high frequencies, thereby reducing the size of the circuit;
4. The failure protection function in the device is more complete.

1. GTR transistors have complex structures and difficult manufacturing processes;
2. As the demand for the entire machine continues to increase, the control part of the GTR transistor needs to consume more power;
3. The complete design of GTR transistors requires controlling the effects of factors such as high current, high pressure, and high temperature.

MOSFET (Metal Oxide Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor)

MOSFET (Metal Oxide Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor)
MOSFET (Metal Oxide Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor)

1. MOSFET transistors have high input resistance and low open circuit current, and can accurately control current;
2. MOSFET transistors are very simple to use, easy to drive, have short turn-on time and fast turn-off speed;
3. Compared with other devices such as GTO transistors, MOSFET transistors have a simpler structure and can be integrated;
4. Wide operating temperature range.

1. Static energy consumption is high, and MOSFET transistors need to continuously increase device power;
2. Environments with high temperature, pressure and current will cause serious thermal coupling to MOSFET transistors, causing the risk of damage;
3. The low output voltage of MOSFET transistors requires regulation of the drive signal, and losses in the drive circuit increase the method and application costs.

IGBT (isolated gate bipolar transistor)

1. IGBT transistors have high reliability and stability, have high current and voltage withstand capabilities, and can be used in many applications;
2. The IGBT transistor controls the current by triggering the gate, making it easy to integrate with other electronic devices, thus improving the reliability and stability of the overall system;
3. IGBT transistors have energy-saving advantages because the semiconductor materials used in their basic structures have low circuit connection capabilities, resulting in relatively large control currents and lower energy consumption.

1. The modeling of IGBT transistors is complex and requires careful design, weighing the balance between size and effect;
2. IGBT transistors are affected by environmental factors such as resistance, temperature and humidity at high power;
3. IGBT transistors may fail under high voltage conditions, so strict testing is required.


To sum up, the four transistors of GTO, GTR, MOSFET and IGBT have their own advantages and disadvantages. Choosing the appropriate transistor requires considering factors such as usage scenarios, reliability and efficiency.


The Gate turn off thyristor (GTO) is a four-layer PNPN power semiconductor switching device that can be turned on by a short pulse of gate current and can be turned off by a reverse gate pulse. The magnitude of latching, holding currents is more.

Metal Oxide Silicon Field Effect Transistors commonly known as MOSFETs are electronic devices used to switch or amplify voltages in circuits. It is a voltage-controlled device and is constructed by three terminals.

An insulated-gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) is a three-terminal power semiconductor device primarily forming an electronic switch.

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