[time-nuts] HP5328A LEDS driver transistor

Don Latham djl at montana.com
Sun Jan 22 15:34:33 EST 2012

NTE lists their equivalent as: NTE-189 See:
Newark has 262 of them :-)
Chris Albertson
> I have an eBay HP5328A counter with two dead digits on the display.  I
> figured out the problem was two dead transistors.  I can swap
> transistors with a good digit and the problem moves.
> I'd not worked on LED displays before.  Turns out only one digit is
> lit up at a time, they strobe the digits in sequence.  The dead
> transistor is the one that controls the all the anodes in the
> 7-segment LED module.  The service manual describes the transistor
> like this:  "part number = 1853-0326", "description = TRANSISTOR PNP
> SI ... FT-50MHZ"
> The p/n 1853-0326 cross references to a Motorola MPS-U51.  The MPS-U51
> data sheet matches the part that fails so I'm sure I got a correct
> cross ref.
> I took a photo of the dead transistor.  It is on .1" perf board for
> scale.   You can read the "3-326" p/n and see the Motorola "M" logo.
> http://www.dropbox.com/gallery/28915695/1/HP5328A?h=da35c1
> I look up the spec in the mps-u51 and see it is a to-220 like case and
> can handle 1W.  I'm really surprised it burned out as I doubt an LED
> requires 1W even if showing an "8".  Reading the mps-u51 spec sheet I
> see it has a low saturation voltage.  Maybe that is why the selected
> it as it is being driven by 7400 TTL logic that goes through a
> connector and has some resistors involved.
> Question:  These seem to be hardtop find.  Can anyone suggest a good
> sub"
> Thanks,
> Chris Albertson
> Redondo Beach, California
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