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Solutions Search - Low Bias Current Amplifiers (Ib < 100pA)

Reference Filter Increases 32-Bit ADC SNR by 6dB

Guy Hoover - Applications Engineer Sep 26th 2017
Design Note DN568: Introduction Attaining optimal SNR performance from an ADC isn’t just a matter of providing a low noise signal to the ADC’s input. Providing a low noise reference voltage is just as important. While reference noise has no effect at zero-scale, at full-scale any noise on the reference will be visible ...

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Precision Ultralow Power High Side Current Sense

Catherine Chang - Applications Engineer Sep 19th 2017
Design Note 1045: Introduction Precision high side measurement of microamp currents requires a small value sense resistor and a low offset voltage, ultralow-power amplifier. The LTC®2063 zero-drift amplifier has a maximum input offset voltage of just 5µV and draws just 1.4µA making it a great choice for building ...

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LTC2387 Drivers Part III: Trans-Impedance Amplifier/Driver

Derek Redmayne - Staff Scientist Sep 8th 2016
This is unabashedly a classic case of what marketing calls “a solution looking for a problem”. It is an example of how the full SNR of the LTC2387 may be realized for a real world signal. Most signals originating in low level circuitry, in sensors, or in the real world, will require significant gain to develop 8Vp-p ...

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LTC6244 High Speed Peak Detector

Hassan Kelley - Field Applications Engineer
Gabino Alonso - Strategic Marketing Engineer
Aug 1st 2016
Introduction Peak detectors capture the extrema of the voltage signal at its input. A positive peak detector captures the most positive point of the input signal and a negative peak detector captures the most negative point of the input signal. Ideally the output of the peak detector circuit tracks or follows the input voltage ...

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How to Drive the LTC2387 (Part 1): Signal Applications to 5MHz that Require Low Inter-Modulation Distortion

Derek Redmayne - Staff Scientist May 13th 2016
The biggest challenge in driving a 15Msps, 18-bit ADC with an 8Vp-p input range is the lack of integrated amplifiers with adequate bandwidth, low noise, and the required output excursion. There are low-noise, high-BW amplifiers than can produce 2VPP. There are low speed amplifiers than can produce 8VPP. For low distortion beyond ...

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Signal Conditioning for High Impedance Sensors

Glen Brisebois - Applications Engineer - Signal Conditioning Sep 22nd 2015
Abstract Dealing with high impedance sources and maintaining high impedance inputs without compromising reliability has its own set of challenges. This article offers qualitative and quantitative discussions of issues associated what high impedence circuits, what types of sensors are high impedance, and what devices are available ...

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Avoid Amplifier Output Driver Saturation When Using pA Bias Current Amplifiers with High Source Impedance Sensors

Jon Munson - Applications Engineer
Kevin B. Scott - Senior Strategic Marketing Engineer
Mar 26th 2015
Need for Low Bias Current Amplfiers When taking sensor measurements, the type of sensor excitation used varies greatly; it can be a DC signal, an AC signal, a voltage source, a current source or a pulsed source to name a few. When using current source excitation or when using a high impedance sensor, the amplifier's bias current ...

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Transimpedance Amplifier Noise Considerations

Feb 18th 2015
The LTC6268 and LTC6269 is a single/dual 500MHz FET-input operational amplifier with extremely low input bias current and low input capacitance. It also features low input referred current noise and voltage noise making it an ideal choice for high speed transimpedance amplifiers, CCD output buffers, and high-impedance ...

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Loop Gain and its Effect on Analog Control Systems

Simon Bramble - Field Applications Engineer
Gabino Alonso - Strategic Marketing Engineer
Jan 26th 2015
Abstract This article brings together the ideas of open loop gain, closed loop gain, gain and phase margin, minimum gain stability and shows how these parameters are interrelated in a feedback system. It examines loop gain in terms of a theoretical control system as well as practical electronic circuits, including linear regulators. Introduction Bob ...

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High Voltage CMOS Amplifier Enables High Impedance Sensing with a Single IC

Jon Munson - Applications Engineer Apr 1st 2013
Introduction Accurately measuring voltages requires minimizing the impact of the instrument connection to the tested circuit. Typical digital voltmeters (DVMs) use 10M resistor networks to keep loading effects to an inconspicuous level, but even this can introduce significant error, particularly in higher voltage circuits that ...

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Low Noise Single Supply Photodiode Amplifier

Glen Brisebois - Applications Engineer - Signal Conditioning Feb 4th 2013
Low Noise Single Supply Photodiode Amplifier Figure 1 shows the LTC6252 applied as a high performance transimpedance amplifier for a photodiode. A low noise JFET acts as a current buffer, with R2 and R3 imposing a low frequency gain of approximately 1. Transimpedance gain is set by feedback resistor R1 to 1MΩ. R4 and ...

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