View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter - data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. What Is
June 22, 2016updated 22 Sep 2016 12:19pm

What is a circuit?

Resistors, transistors and diodes, circuits have many components but what are they?

By Joao Lima

In the electronics space, the circuit is responsible for linking two points through wires or traces so electrons can circulate around.

The wires or traces will conduct electric current between the two points. The two points can be a resistor, transistor, capacitor, inductor and a diode, all of which are part of the electronic components of a circuit.

There are three main types of circuits today: analogue, digital and hybrid.

Click next to find the differences.

In an analogue circuit the voltage being transported can vary continuously in time accordingly to the information needs of the system in which it is operating.

In digital electronic circuits, voltage signals look up to discrete values to represent logical and numerical values.

As for hybrid circuits, also known as mixed-digital circuits, they are a mixed of analogue and digital circuits. This is a widely used option today especially around radio and communications.

Content from our partners
Scan and deliver
GenAI cybersecurity: "A super-human analyst, with a brain the size of a planet."
Cloud, AI, and cyber security – highlights from DTX Manchester

Websites in our network
Select and enter your corporate email address Tech Monitor's research, insight and analysis examines the frontiers of digital transformation to help tech leaders navigate the future. Our Changelog newsletter delivers our best work to your inbox every week.
  • CIO
  • CTO
  • CISO
  • CSO
  • CFO
  • CDO
  • CEO
  • Architect Founder
  • MD
  • Director
  • Manager
  • Other
Visit our privacy policy for more information about our services, how Progressive Media Investments may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.