Electronic – MAT12 matched pair transistor substrate connection


On Analog Devices' MAT12 data sheet, there is a note (see on the top right, note #2) saying that the substrate, which is connected to the case, is usually connected to the most negative circuit potential. Since there is no pin connected to the substrate (or to the case), how do I connect the substrate to the most negative circuit potential?

Best Answer

From the datasheet:

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  1. Substrate is connected to case on TO-78 package.

Now, here is a TO-78:

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As you can see, the case is actually metal.

If you necessarily want to connect the substrate, the recommended way is to do it using a heat sink. I'm not sure if you actually gain anything by doing that. It could be feasible to solder a small wire or pin to the tab, but I've never done it, and I would be afraid that it could damage the matching. As Tom points out in the comments:

basically if you use a metal heat sink with no insulation, don't connect that heat sink to anything but the most negative circuit potential

I suspect that the only reason they mention that you can connect the substrate is because you sometimes have to, due to the heat sink. Not because they think it is warranted. If it gave any performance benefits, I'm sure they would point it out.