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Electronic Component Types

Types of Electronic Components

Electronic components are the parts in an electronic system used to affect electrons or their associated fields. They enable electronic systems to function as required. There are a lot of different electronic component types that serve different purposes. But, like the wheels of a cog, if one component stops working the whole system can’t function.

There are many different types of electronic components but they fall roughly into three categories – Active, Passive and Electromechanical. We have a broad range ready for shipping from our warehouse. Use the search bar above to search availability. Submit an RFQ and we can help you buy electronic components today.

Active Electronic Components

These component types require electrical power to operate.
They include Diodes, Transistors and Integrated Circuits (ICs).


Small Signal Diode
Large Signal Diode
Zener Diode
Backward diode
BARITT diode
Gunn Diode
Cat’s whisker
IMPATT diode
Laser diode
Light emitting diodes
PIN diode
Point contact diode
PN Junction
Schottky diodes
Step recovery diode
Tunnel diode
Varicap or varactor diodes
Zener diode / Voltage reference diode


Junction Transistors
NPN Transistor
PNP Transistor
Field Effect Transistor (FET)
Junction-Field Effect Transistor (JFET)
N-Channel JFET
P-Channel JFET
N-Channel MOSFET
P- Channel MOSFET
Small Signal Transistors
Small Switching Transistors
Power Transistors
High Frequency Transistors
Photo Transistor
Unijunction Transistors

Integrated Circuits

Digital Integrated Circuits
Analog Integrated Circuits
Mixed Integrated Circuits
Logic Circuits
Switching Ics
Audio amplifiers
Operational amplifiers
Timer Ics

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Passive Electronic Components

This type of component do not require electrical power to operate, for example, they are not
capable of power gain.

They include Capacitors, Resistors, Inductors and Transducers.


Ceramic Capacitors
Electrolytic Capacitors
Film Capacitors
Plastic Film Capacitors
Tantalum Capacitors
Trimmer Capacitors


Carbon-Composition Resistors
Carbon-Film Resistors
Metal-Film Resistors
Power Wirewound Resistors
Precision Resistors
Fusible Resistor
Cement Resistors


Ceramic Core Inductor (Air Core)
Iron Core Inductor
Ferrite Core Inductor (soft and hard)
Iron Powder Inductor
Laminated Core Inductor
Bobbin Based Inductor
Toroidal Inductor
Multi-layer Ceramic Inductors
Film Inductor
Variable Inductor
Coupled Inductor
Molded Inductor


Piezoelectric Transducer
Pressure Transducer
Temperature Transducer
Ultrasonic Transducer

Electromechanical Components

These types of components can carry out electrical operations by using moving parts or by using
electrical connections.

Electromechanical Components

Cable Assemblies

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Component Types

Components are manufactured by CEM’s (Contract Electronics Manufacturers), ODM’s (Original Design Manufacturer) and EMS’s (Electronics Manufacturing Service). Here you will find a list which includes some of the different manufacturers whose components we buy and sell.

You can also check availability of electronic components using the search bar above or view our Line Card here.