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Ikanos Semiconductor Questions with Answers
Posted on :26-04-2016
Q1. The wide end arrow on a schematic indicates the ________ of a diode.
A. groundB. direction of electron flowC. cathodeD. anode
Q2. The boundary between p-type material and n-type material is called
A. a diode.B. a reverse-biased diode.C. a pn junction.D. a forward-biased diode.
Q3. What types of impurity atoms are added to increase the number of conduction-band electrons in intrinsic silicon?
A. bivalentB. octavalentC. pentavalentD. trivalentE. none of the above
Q4. Single-element semiconductors are characterized by atoms with ____ valence electrons.
A. 3B. 4C. 5D. 2E. none of the above
Q5. A diode conducts when it is forward-biased, and the anode is connected to the ________ through a limiting resistor.
A. positive supplyB. negative supplyC. cathodeD. anode
Q6. A silicon diode measures a low value of resistance with the meter leads in both positions. The trouble, if any, is
A. the diode is open.B. the diode is shorted to ground.C. the diode is internally shorted.D. the diode is working correctly.
Q7. Under normal conditions a diode conducts current when it is
A. reverse-biased.B. forward-biased.C. avalanched.D. saturated.
Q8. The most common type of diode failure is a(n) ________.
A. openB. shortC. resistive
Q9. Doping of a semiconductor material means
A. that a glue-type substance is added to hold the material together.B. that impurities are added to increase the resistance of the material.C. that impurities are added to decrease the resistance of the material.D. that all impurities are removed to get pure silicon.
Q10. There is a small amount of current across the barrier of a reverse-biased diode. This current is called
A. forward-bias current.B. reverse breakdown current.C. conventional current.D. reverse leakage current.
Q11. The forward voltage across a conducting silicon diode is about
A. 0.3 V.B. 1.7 V.C. –0.7 V.D. 0.7 V.
Q12. As the forward current through a silicon diode increases, the voltage across the diode
A. increases to a 0.7 V maximum.B. decreases.C. is relatively constant.D. decreases and then increases.
Q13. As the forward current through a silicon diode increases, the internal resistance
A. increases.B. decreases.C. remains the same.
Q14. The movement of free electrons in a conductor is called
A. voltage.B. current.C. recombination.D. equilibrium.
Q15. For a forward-biased diode, the barrier potential ________ as temperature increases.
A. decreasesB. remains constantC. increases
Q16. An n-type semiconductor material
A. is intrinsic.B. has trivalent impurity atoms added.C. has pentavalent impurity atoms added.D. requires no doping.
Explanation:N-type Semiconductor :An intrinsic semiconductor material is a poor conductor. When a small amount of pentavalent impurity is added to the intrinsic material its conductivity rises sharply. This material formed after the addition of pentavalent impurity to the intrinsic semiconductor material is called N-type material. Addition of small amount of pentavalent atoms in the intrinsic material provides large number of free electrons for conduction.
Q17. For a forward-biased diode, as temperature is ________, the forward current ________ for a given value of forward voltage.
A. decreased, increasesB. increased, increasesC. increased, decreasesD. decreased, decreases
Q18. Effectively, how many valence electrons are there in each atom within a silicon crystal?
A. 2B. 4C. 8D. 16
Q19. An ideal diode presents a(n) ________ when reversed-biased and a(n) ________ when forward-biased.
A. open, shortB. short, openC. open, openD. short, short
Q20. What factor(s) do(es) the barrier potential of a pn junction depend on?
A. type of semiconductive materialB. the amount of dopingC. the temperatureD. all of the aboveE. type of semiconductive material and the amount of doping but not the temperature
Q21. Which statement best describes an insulator?
A. A material with many free electrons.B. A material doped to have some free electrons.C. A material with few free electrons.D. No description fits.
Q22. You have an unknown type of diode in a circuit. You measure the voltage across it and find it to be 0.3 V. The diode might be
A. a silicon diode.B. a germanium diode.C. a forward-biased silicon diode.D. a reverse-biased germanium diode.
Q23. A reverse-biased diode has the ________ connected to the positive side of the source, and the ________ connected to the negative side of the source.
A. cathode, anodeB. cathode, baseC. base, anodeD. anode, cathode
Q24. An atom is made up of
A. protons.B. neutrons.C. electrons.D. all of the above
Q25. Reverse breakdown is a condition in which a diode
A. is subjected to a large reverse voltage.B. is reverse-biased and there is a small leakage current.C. has no current flowing at all.D. is heated up by large amounts of current in the forward direction.