App note: Advantages and limitations of the chopper-stabilized architecture of zero-drift precision op amps

App note from ON Semiconductors on the do’s and don’ts when using zero-drift precision op amps. Link here (PDF) Zero−drift precision op amps are specialized op amps designed for applications that require high output accuracy due to small differential voltages. Not only do they feature low input offset voltage, but they also have high CMRR, […]

App note: Noise analysis for high-speed op amps

An application report on op-amp noise analysis from Texas Instruments. Link here (PDF) As system bandwidths have increased, an accurate estimate of the noise contribution for each element in the signal channel has become increasingly important. Many designers are not, however, particularly comfortable with the calculations required to predict the total noise for an op […]

App note: Voltage to current conversion

Using Apex Microtechnology’s power op amps for voltage controlled current sources (VCCS’s) application note, Link here (PDF) Voltage controlled current sources (or VCCS’s) can be useful for applications such as active loads for use in component testing or torque control for motors. Torque control is simplified since torque is a direct function of current in […]

Analog Devices op amp selection guide

Ian Griffiths writes to inform us of this Op Amp Selection Guide available from Analog Devices. This 58-page PDF offers a complete overview of their product offerings. As Ian G. points out, “it has 3 pages devoted to different terms used for describing op-amp characteristics and different op-amp types to help those trying to select […]

A tale of two op-amps: A Hitch-Hikers guide to op-amp specs

A few weeks ago we covered the Touchstone Semi TS1001 ultra low-power and low-voltage op-amp. Ultrasounder commented: Looking at the datasheet, the key [specs] reveal a very lousy, CMOS input-output opamp which is not speced for anything beyond audio. The GBW is 4KHz which means that the max frequency this thing can reliably amplify without […]

Free webinar: Intro to operational amplifiers

If you’re new to op amps or just need a refresher on the theory this conf might interest you. Analog Devices is offering a free webinar titled Intro to Operational Amplifiers scheduled for July 26, 2011 at 12 PM CDT. The presentation will last 45 minutes followed by a 15 minute Q&A. John Ardizzoni, Senior […]

Dangerous DSO part 5: Testing and conclusions

It’s the last day of our week-long Dangerous DSO adventure. Yesterday we simulated the analog front-end and found a few changes to test. First, we’re going to increase the ADC buffer gain to 2. That should make vertical offset adjustment easier. Second, we’re going to try a more refined input range divider with a 900K […]