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Paralleling Amplifiers to Reduce Noise

Paralleling Amplifiers to Reduce Noise

In high gain circuits noise reduction is an important consideration. Paralleling four amplifiers will reduce the total noise of the circuit by a factor of two. The output noise of each amplifier, enOUTx, is attenuated by four and summed at the output terminal. Since noise from uncorrelated sources is summed in RMS fashion the total output noise is: enOUTtotal = sqrt((enOUT1/4)^2 + (enOUT2/4)^2 + (enOUT3/4)^2 + (enOUT4/4)^2) which is sqrt(4 * (enOUTx/4)^2) = 2*enOUTx/4 or enOUTx/2. One half the noise of a single amplifier.