A tetrode transistor is any transistor having four active terminals.

Early tetrode transistors

There were two types of tetrode transistor developed in the early 1950s as an improvement over the point-contact transistor and the later grown-junction transistor and alloy-junction transistor. Both offered much higher speed than earlier transistors.

Modern tetrode transistors

See also


  1. ^ Wolf, Oswald; R. T. Kramer; J. Spiech; H. Shleuder (1966). Special Purpose Transistors: A Self-Instructional Programmed Manual. Prentice Hall. pp. 98–102.
  2. ^ U.S. patent 4,143,421 - Tetrode transistor memory logic cell, March 6, 1979. Filed September 6, 1977.