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Solutions Search - Low Power Amplifiers (Is < 1mA/amp)

LTC6258 Low Noise Reference Use LT6656 for a Low Current Starting Reference

Aug 30th 2017
The LT6656 is a 1µA precision series voltage reference. Yet with low power comes low drive current capability and higher noise. The LTC6259 can be used as a buffer that follows a filter to enhance the utilization of the LT6656 in low power applications. Figure 5a shows such a configuration. First a very low cutoff frequency ...

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LTC6258 Low Power Squarewave - Sinewave Oscillator

Aug 30th 2017
A low power sine wave generator can be derived by driving a square wave into the bandpass filter. A complete schematic is shown in Figure 4a. The LTC6992-1 easily configures as a 50% duty cycle 10kHz square wave, and can drive the relatively benign loading seen in the bandpass filter. Figures 4b and 4c show the LTC6992-1 output ...

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LTC6258 LED Driver with Self-Oscillation

Aug 30th 2017
The circuit above combines edge detection with use of the shutdown pin of the LTC6259. R2 and R3 bring in a divided down copy of the supply voltage as a reference into the positive terminal. The op amp forces this voltage on the sense resistor RSENSE in “LED ON” operation. In that sense this circuit is similar to ...

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LTC6258 Lower Power LED Driver with Voltage Command

Aug 30th 2017
Figure above shows a voltage controlled LED drive circuit. When VIN is at 0V, the op amp supply current is nominally 20μA. The offset, for example, could be 450µV, appears across R1, inducing a 0.45mA current in the LED. Some applications want a guaranteed zero LED current at VIN = 0, and this is the purpose of R5. ...

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LTC2063 Micropower Precision Oxygen Sensor

Jul 27th 2017
This low power precision gas sensor circuit operates in an oxygen level range of 0% to 30%, with a nominal output of 1V in normal atmospheric oxygen concentrations (20.9%) when the gas sensor has been fully initialized. Total active power consumption is less than 2.1μA on a single rail supply. Since ...

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LTC2063 RTD Sensor with ±1°C Precision

Jul 27th 2017
This low power platinum resistance temperature detector (RTD) sensor circuit draws only 35μA total supply current on a minimum 2.6V rail, and is accurate to within ±1°C at room temperature, including all error intrinsic to the Vishay PTS Class F0.3 Variant RTD. It covers the temperature ...

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LT1997-3 - Single Supply Current Sense

Jun 14th 2017
Sense resistors R1 converts a current into a voltage. This voltage is buffered (gain of 1) from the input to the output in this amplifier. V1 tests the circuit for response to common mode variation. A simulation will show that the output voltage variation due to the common mode voltage V1 is very small.     The ...

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LT1997-3 - Conversion of Single Ended Pulse To Differential Output

Jun 14th 2017
This circuit combines the LT®1997-3 with a high speed amplifier to convert a single-ended signal to differential with a common-mode offset. Extra compensation capacitors C1 and C2 help to shape the final response. Taking higher gain from the LT1997-3 will eliminate the need for these capacitors.     The LT1997-3 ...

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LTC6261 Audio Headphones Bridge Driver

May 22nd 2017
The LTC®6261/LTC6262/LTC6263 are single/dual/quad operational amplifiers with low noise, low power, low supply voltage, and rail-to-rail inputs and outputs. They are unity gain stable with capacitive loads up to 1nF. They feature 30MHz gain-bandwidth product, 7V/μs slew rate while consuming only 240μA of supply current ...

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LTC6261 Second Order Bessel Filter

Jan 17th 2017
The LTC®6261/LTC6262/LTC6263 are single/dual/quad operational amplifiers with low noise, low power, low supply voltage, and rail-to-rail inputs and outputs. They are unity gain stable with capacitive loads up to 1nF. They feature 30MHz gain-bandwidth product, 7V/μs slew rate while consuming only 240μA of supply current ...

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LTC6261 Third Order Butterworth Filter

Jan 17th 2017
The LTC®6261/LTC6262/LTC6263 are single/dual/quad operational amplifiers with low noise, low power, low supply voltage, and rail-to-rail inputs and outputs. They are unity gain stable with capacitive loads up to 1nF. They feature 30MHz gain-bandwidth product, 7V/μs slew rate while consuming only 240μA of supply current ...

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Hybrid Wide Dimming Ratio Linear LED Current Controller Using LT8614 & LT3083/LT6015

Tom Mosteller - Field Applications Engineer Oct 17th 2016
Many applications for LED illumination require wide dimming ratios. This can be accomplished simply via an adjustable current source as show below.  The current source can be varied by a number of different means, and a large LED current range can be achieved. The primary problem with this technique is that the power dissipation ...

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Op Amp Precision Positive & Negative Clipper using LT6015/LT6016/LT6017

Tom Mosteller - Field Applications Engineer
Aaron Schultz - Applications Manager Signal Conditioning
Oct 3rd 2016
It can be a challenge to match the voltage range of an analog signal to the input range of an analog to digital converter (ADC). Exceeding the ADC’s input range will give an incorrect reading, and if the input goes far enough beyond the power supply rails substrate currents can flow into the ADC which can cause latch up ...

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High Accuracy, μPower, Over-Voltage Detector with Glitch Suppressor Using LTC1541 and LTC6994

May 4th 2016
An overvoltage detector which suppresses glitches is constructed from the LTC®1541 micropower op amp + comparator + voltage reference and LTC6994-1 TimerBlox® delay block/debouncer. In this circuit, the LTC1541 comparator detects power rail overvoltage conditions (including glitches). The built-in op amp inverts this ...

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Positive to Negative Converter with Variable Output Using LTC3630 and LT6015/LT6016

Philip Lane - Field Applications Engineer
Gabino Alonso - Strategic Marketing Engineer
Sep 1st 2015
There was a window of time in the 1950s and early ’60s when negative voltage rails were commonplace, when germanium PNP transistors were prevalent—like those used in an old “transistor radio”, now worth a fortune on Ebay. Nowadays, NPN transistors are more prevalent, since they basically work ...

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LTC6363 LTC6363 Used as Lowpass Filter/Driver with 10VP-P Singled-Ended Input, Driving a SAR ADC

Aug 31st 2015
The LTC®6363 is a low power, low noise, fully differential op amp with rail-to-rail outputs optimized to drive low power SAR ADCs. The LTC6363 draws only 1.9mA supply current in active operation and features a shutdown mode which reduces the current consumption to 20μA (VS = 3V). ...

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LTC6363 Differential AV = 1/9 Configuration Using an LT®5400 Quad-Matched Resistor Network

Aug 31st 2015
The LTC®6363 is a low power, low noise, fully differential op amp with rail-to-rail outputs optimized to drive low power SAR ADCs. The LTC6363 draws only 1.9mA supply current in active operation and features a shutdown mode which reduces the current consumption to 20μA (VS = 3V). ...

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LTC6363 Single-Ended-to-Differential Conversion of a 20VP-P Ground-Referenced Input with Gain of AV = 0.5 to Drive an ADC

Aug 31st 2015
The LTC®6363 is a low power, low noise, fully differential op amp with rail-to-rail outputs optimized to drive low power SAR ADCs. The LTC6363 draws only 1.9mA supply current in active operation and features a shutdown mode which reduces the current consumption to 20μA (VS = 3V). ...

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LT6023 Gain of 11 Instrumentation Amplifier

Jun 17th 2015
The LT®6023 is a low power, enhanced slew rate, precision operational amplifier. The proprietary circuit topology of this amplifier gives excellent slew rate at low quiescent power dissipation without compromising precision or settling time. In addition, proprietary input stage circuitry allows the input impedance to remain ...

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LT6015 Gain of 100 High Voltage Difference Amplifier with –5V/75V Common Mode Range

Jun 20th 2013
The LT®6015/LT6016/LT6017 are single/dual/quad rail-torail input operational amplifiers with input offset voltage trimmed to less than 50μV. These amplifiers operate on single and split supplies with a total voltage of 3V to 50V and draw only 315μA per amplifier. They are reverse battery protected, drawing very little ...

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LT6016: Precision High Voltage High Side Load Current Monitor

Nov 5th 2012
The LT6016/LT6017 are dual and quad rail-to-rail input operational amplifiers with input offset voltage trimmed to less than 50μV. These amplifiers operate on single and split supplies with a total voltage of 3V to 50V and draw only 315μA per amplifier. The Over-The-Top input stage of the LT6016/LT6017 is designed to provide ...

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LT6016 Wide Input Range Current Sense Amp Goes Hi-Z When VSUPPLY Removed

Nov 5th 2012
The LT®6015/LT6016/LT6017 are single/dual/quad rail-torail input operational amplifiers with input offset voltage trimmed to less than 50μV. These amplifiers operate on single and split supplies with a total voltage of 3V to 50V and draw only 315μA per amplifier. They are reverse battery protected, drawing very little ...

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LT6016 Extended Supply Current Boosted Gain of Three Amplifier Drives 100Ω Load to ±30V, with 600mA Current Limit

Nov 5th 2012
The LT®6015/LT6016/LT6017 are single/dual/quad rail-torail input operational amplifiers with input offset voltage trimmed to less than 50μV. These amplifiers operate on single and split supplies with a total voltage of 3V to 50V and draw only 315μA per amplifier. They are reverse battery protected, drawing very little ...

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1.8V, 140uA, 100kHz, Lowpass Filter (Single-Ended Input and Differential Output)

Jun 10th 2010
The LTC6256 circuit shown here is a 2nd order, 100kHz, Butterworth lowpass filter. The filter’s differential output maximizes the dynamic range in very low voltage operation. The LTC6255/LTC6256/LTC6257 are single/dual/quad operational amplifiers with low noise, low power, low supply voltage, rail-to-rail input/output. ...

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LT2940 1-Cell Monitor with Bottom-Side Sense

Nov 30th 2009
The LT2940 measures a high side current and a differential voltage, multiplies them and outputs a current proportional to instantaneous power. Bidirectional high side currents and bipolar voltage differences are correctly handled by the four-quadrant multiplier and push-pull output stage, which allows the LT2940 to indicate ...

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LT2940 Adjustable 0W to 10W Load Box with UVLO and Thermal Shutdown

Nov 30th 2009
The LT2940 measures a high side current and a differential voltage, multiplies them and outputs a current proportional to instantaneous power. Bidirectional high side currents and bipolar voltage differences are correctly handled by the four-quadrant multiplier and push-pull output stage, which allows the LT2940 to indicate ...

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Single 2.7V Supply 4MHz 4th Order Lowpass Butterworth Filter

Oct 2nd 2009
Benefiting from low voltage operation and rail-to-rail output, a low power filter that is suitable for antialiasing can be built as shown in this circuit. On a 2.7V supply the filter has a passband of approximately 4MHz with 2VP-P input signal and a stopband attenuation that is greater than –75dB at 43MHz. The resistor and ...

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Micro Power Oxygen Sensor

Sep 21st 2006
Micro Power Oxygen Sensor takes advantage of low and clean startup current characteristics and wide supply voltage range, 1.8V to 16V range. ...

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High Accuracy Oxygen Sensor

Nov 17th 2005
High Accuracy Oxygen Sensor. Accuracy is achieved using a transimpedance approach. Reduction in noise gain gives a reduction in output offset error from 50mv to 500µa. ...

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Reduced Power Infra-Red Diode Driver

Aug 16th 2005
Infra-Red LEDs can be used as continuously operating beams of light. Sensing a break in the path of light between the source and a photodiode receiver is often used in safety and alarm systems. To extend the run-time of the light source, the diode conducts the minimum current necessary, in this case 10mA. Controlling the duty ...

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Accelerometer Signal Conditioner

Aug 16th 2005
A piezoelectric accelerometer responds to any physical movement by generating a charge proportional to the acceleration of the movement. This sensor has a capacitance of 750pF which produces a charge of 60pC per g of gravitational force. This charge is transferred to the 1000pF feedback capacitor for an output of 60mV/g. ...

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Micropower Photodiode Amplifier

Aug 16th 2005
This is a basic photodiode amplifier which converts the tiny current output by the diode in response to light intensity to a buffered low impedance voltage source. CMOS amplifier's allow for the use of large feedback resistors and add very little input bias error current. For this Infra-Red diode the output changes 600mV for ...

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LTC6078 60Hz Notch Filter

Aug 16th 2005
High input impedance amplifiers are ideal for buffering high impedance networks. Here a twin-T notch filter is shown to reject 60Hz signal content by more the 60dB. Small size, low valued capacitors can be used at such a low frequency with high valued resistors when using a CMOS op amp. ...

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2.7V to 5.5V Precision High Side Current Sense

Aug 16th 2005
This high side current sense amplifier works down to 2.7V. Even with such a low supply voltage, accuracy of the voltage sensed across resistor Rs is preserved due to the very low voltage offset error of the LTC6078 amplifier (7uV typical). ...

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LTC6078 pH Probe Amplifier

Aug 16th 2005
pH Probe amplifiers require buffer amplifiers with an input impedance greater than 10^13 ohms. Without loading the probe, an output of approximately 60mV/pH unit is produce. The thermistor is added to provide first order compensation for the inherent temperature coefficient of the pH probe output. ...

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Thermocouple Thermometer with Cold Junction Compensation

Aug 16th 2005
The LTC2997 is a high-accuracy analog output temperature sensor. It converts the temperature of an external sensor or its own temperature to an analog voltage output. A built-in algorithm eliminates errors due to series resistance between the LTC2997 and the sensor diode. ...

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Precision Sample and Hold Amplifier

Sep 3rd 2004
CMOS amplifiers are very good for use in Sample-and-Hold circuits because the pA's of bias current does not drain off charge held on the hold capacitor. A dual amplifier can be used to buffer the input signal and also the hold capacitor. The slew rate of the circuit is limited by the output current limit of the input amplifier ...

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Hall Sensor Amplifier Optimizes Sensitivity vs Supply Current

Mar 1st 2004
Voltage across HALL-ELEMENT bridge is reduced to minimize bridge current from 2.5mA or 230µA then a dual LT6011 DC precision low current low drift and Vos OP AMP is used in an instrumentation AMP configuration at a gain of 101 to give a sensitivity of 40mV/mT. ...

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Simple Bidirectional DC Motor Speed Controller Without a Tachometer

Feb 13th 2001
For motor speed control without using a tachometer, the circuit in Figure 12 shows an approach. Using the enable feature of the LT1970A, the drive to the motor can be removed periodically. With no drive applied, the spinning motor presents a back EMF voltage proportional to its rotational speed. The LT1782 is a tiny rail-to-rail ...

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Micropower Integrating Current Sense

Jan 31st 2001
This circuit takes advantage of the microampere supply current and Rail-to-Rail input of the LT1494. Supply current is only 3uA during integration and 5uA at the end of integration. ...

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Self-Powered High Side Current Sense

Jan 31st 2001
This circuit takes advantage of the microampere supply current and Rail-to-Rail input of the LT1494. The circuit is simple because the supply draw is essentially equal to the load current developed through RA. This supply current is simply passed through RB to form an output voltage that is appropriately amplified. ...

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13uA, 0kHz to 10kHz Voltage to Frequency Converter

Jan 22nd 1997
This circuit converts a 0V to 2.5V input signal to a 0kHz to 10kHz output frequency. The supply current of the circuit is only 6.2uA quiescent and 13.3uA at f=10kHz. The linearity of the circuit is +/-0.03%. PSRR is 10ppm/V and temperature drift is 250ppm/C. ...

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Battery Powered (Li-Ion) Platinum RTD Signal Conditioner with Curvature Correction

Nov 26th 1996
The LT2078 is a micropower dual op amp in 8-pin small outline, standard surface mount package, and LT2079 is a micropower quad op amp offered in the standard 14-pin surface mount package. Both devices are optimized for single supply operation at 5V. ±15V specifications are also provided. ...

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DAC Reference Inverter and I-to-V Converter

Aug 23rd 1995
LT6011 dual op amp performs two functions - inverting a positive ref voltage to a negative ref voltage to allow bipolar output polarities and performing the current to voltage conversion on the DAC's current outputs as well buffering the outputs. ...

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LT1963A Adjustable Current Source

Oct 6th 1994
The LT®1963A series are low dropout regulators optimized for fast transient response. The devices are capable of supplying 1.5A of output current with a dropout voltage of 340mV. Operating quiescent current is 1mA, dropping to <1μA in shutdown. Quiescent current is well controlled; it does not rise in dropout as it ...

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LT1963A Paralleling of Regulators for Higher Output Current

Oct 6th 1994
The LT®1963A series are low dropout regulators optimized for fast transient response. The devices are capable of supplying 1.5A of output current with a dropout voltage of 340mV. Operating quiescent current is 1mA, dropping to <1μA in shutdown. Quiescent current is well controlled; it does not rise in dropout as it ...

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DC Accurate Composite Amplifier

Apr 1st 1992
Most individual op amp devices are optimized for either DC precision or for high speed operation. A composite amplifier configuration uses a precision low offset and drift amplifier to control the dc biasing of a high speed amplifier. This circuit has a gain bandwidth product of 1.25MHz yet an input offset voltage of only 25uV ...

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LT6020 ±13.6V Input Range MUX Buffer

Sep 1st 1991
The LT6020 is a low power, enhanced slew rate, precision operational amplifier. The proprietary circuit topology of this amplifier gives excellent slew rate at low quiescent power dissipation without compromising precision or settling time. In addition, unique input stage circuitry allows the input impedance to remain high during ...

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LT1078 Absolute Value Circuit (Full-Wave Rectifier)

Jan 1st 1987
For negative inputs, the first section operates as a closed-loop inverter (A=-1) and the second stage is simply a buffer for the positive output. When the input signal is positive, the first opamp output remains saturated near ground and the diode becomes high-impedance, allowing the signal to pass directly to the buffer stage ...

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Single Supply, Micropower, Second Order Lowpass Filter with 60Hz Notch

Jan 1st 1987
The first section is a standard low-pass filter with Fc=40Hz. The second section is a notch filter tuned to eliminate 60Hz mains pickup from the signal. ...

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Micropower Dead Zone Generator

Jan 1st 1987
Opamp in lower left functions as a polarity detect comparator, controlling the FET switches in the circuit. The upper left stage in conjunction with the FET, functions as an absolute value circuit so that only positive signal representation passes to the dead-zone function. Q2 is held in cutoff by the control voltage on Q3, ...

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±250V Common Mode Range Difference Amplifier (AV = 1)

Jan 1st 1987
This is a modified difference amplifier- it has effectively added resistances from each input to ground to attenuate the common mode signal. This allows the wide input range without exceeding the Vcm of the opamp. ...

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Platinum RTD Signal Conditioner with Curvature Correction

Jan 1st 1987
The left stage forms a stable precision current source by establishing the reference voltage across a precision resistor, and about half of this current passes through the sensor. The right opamp provides an amplification of the resistance difference between the sensor and a fixed precision resistor to generate a temperature ...

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Half-Wave Rectifier

Jan 1st 1987
This is a conventional inverting amplifier, but with a single supply the output can only provide the positive side of the result. The specific characteristics of the opamp provide well controlled clipping behavior. ...

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Programmable Gain Amplifier (Single Supply)

Jan 1st 1987
The CMOS switch selects which feedback node is used, thus setting the loop gain to different levels as desired. The advantage of this circuit is that the capacitance and leakage effects are isolated from the feedback resistors so accuracy is maintained. The deselected opamp sections saturate, but remain well behaved with the ...

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Micropower Multiplier/Divide

Jan 1st 1987
The X, Y, and Z input amplifiers servo to control the emitter current of transistors according to the applied signals. The transistors Vbe varies logarithmically to the current and so the emitter of Q2 includes the sum of the X and Y logs. The Z signal log is provided at the Q4 base so the resultant Vbe at Q4 is Vbe1+Vbe2-Vbe3. ...

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Megaohm Input Impedance Gain of 10 Difference Amplifier

Jan 1st 1987
THE USEFULNESS OF DIFFERENCE AMPLIFIERS IS LIMITED BY THE FACT THAT THE INPUT RESISTANCE IS EQUAL TO THE SOURCE RESISTANCE. THE PICO-AMPERE OFFSET CURRENT AND LOW CURRENT NOISE OF THE LT1077 ALLOWS THE USE OF 1M SOURCE RESISTORS WITHOUT DEGRADATION IN PERFORMANCE. IN ADDITION, WITH MEGAOHM RESISTORS MICROPOWER OPERATION CAN ...

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Lead-Acid Low-Battery Detector with System Shutdown

Jan 1st 1987
Resistor dividers are used to provide a signal comparison against a reference voltage. The opamps operate as precision comparators to provide indications of battery charge state. ...

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Two Terminal Current Source

Jan 1st 1987
The opamp buffers the upper potential of a shunt regulator to set a voltage drop on R1 equal to the reference. The net current to RL is the programmed R1 current plus the quiescent supply current of the opamp passing through the reference. ...

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