LT1970 - 500mA Power Op Amp with Adjustable Precision Current Limit


  • ±500mA Minimum Output Current
  • Independent Adjustment of Source and Sink Current Limits
  • 2% Current Limit Accuracy
  • Operates with Single or Split Supplies
  • Shutdown/Enable Control Input
  • Open Collector Status Flags:
    Sink Current Limit
    Source Current Limit
    Thermal Shutdown
  • Fail Safe Current Limit and Thermal Shutdown
  • 1.6V/µs Slew Rate
  • 3.6MHz Gain Bandwidth Product
  • Fast Current Limit Response: 2MHz Bandwidth
  • Specified Temperature Range: –40°C to 85°C

Typical Application

LT1970 Typical Application
LT1970 Typical Application


The LT1970 is a ±500mA power op amp with precise externally controlled current limiting. Separate control voltages program the sourcing and sinking current limit sense thresholds with 2% accuracy. Output current may be boosted by adding external power transistors.

The circuit operates with single or split power supplies from 5V to 36V total supply voltage. In normal operation, the input stage supplies and the output stage supplies are connected (VCC to V+ and VEE to V–). To reduce power dissipation it is possible to power the output stage (V+, V–) from independent, lower voltage rails. The amplifier is unity-gain stable with a 3.6MHz gain bandwidth product and slews at 1.6V/µs. The current limit circuits operate with a 2MHz response between the VCSRC or VCSNK control inputs and the amplifier output.

Open collector status flags signal current limit circuit activation, as well as thermal shutdown of the amplifier. An enable logic input puts the amplifier into a low power, high impedance output state when pulled low. Thermal shutdown and a ±800mA fixed current limit protect the chip under fault conditions.

The LT1970 is packaged in a 20-lead TSSOP package with a thermally conductive copper bottom plate to facilitate heat sinking.


CAD Symbols and Footprints: The downloadable Zip file below contains the schematic symbol and PCB footprints.

For complete and up to date package information and drawings, please refer to our packaging page

Part Number Package Code Temp Package
LT1970CFE#PBF TSSOP-20 FE C 05-08-1663 (CA) Yes
LT1970CFE#TRPBF TSSOP-20 FE C 05-08-1663 (CA) Yes
LT1970IFE#PBF TSSOP-20 FE I 05-08-1663 (CA) Yes
LT1970IFE#TRPBF TSSOP-20 FE I 05-08-1663 (CA) Yes

LT1970 Package Drawing

Order Info

  • Part numbers ending in PBF are lead free. Solder plated terminal finish (SnPb) versions are non-standard and special terms and conditions and pricing applies if available. Please contact LTC marketing for information.
  • Part numbers containing TR or TRM are shipped in tape and reel or 500 unit mini tape and reel, respectively
  • Please refer to our general ordering information or the product datasheet for more details

Package Variations and Pricing

Part Number Package Temp Price
LT1970CFE#PBF TSSOP-20 C $6.05 $4.95 Yes
LT1970CFE#TRPBF TSSOP-20 C $5.07 Yes
LT1970IFE#PBF TSSOP-20 I $7.15 $5.70 Yes
LT1970IFE#TRPBF TSSOP-20 I $5.82 Yes
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