What are the differences between power electronics and linear electronics?

These are the biggest differences:

  • Linear electronic devices process signals, and are mainly designed to operate within the linear active area, unless they’re operated as logic gates, in which case they are optimized for switching as quickly as possible.
  • Power electronic devices use energy to process it. They are designed to switch between cutoff or saturation as quickly as possible in order to maximize efficiency and minimize power losses.

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