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Design Reference: OpAmps for Everyone

Sam Sattel

Everyday App Note: Learn Everything You Will Ever Need to Know About Op Amps

Op Amps are here to stay. Despite the popularity of electronics equipment being embedded in the silicon world, there will always be the need for analog applications. After all, many of our digital-based electronics source their data and input from the real, physical world. This world of ours is all analog.

There’s never been a better time to learn about op amps as an electronics designer. Today we’re excited to present not just an Everyday App Note, but a monolithic bible of op amp knowledge for engineers of any experience level. This app note gets into the intricacies of op amps at the circuit level, including:

  • For the beginner. You’ll learn the ins and outs of basic circuit theory and ideal op amp equations.
  • For the designer. You’ll learn single supply, active filter, and a variety of other op amp design techniques.
  • For the theorist. You’ll dive into wireless communication signal conditioning, op amp parameters, op amp noise theory, and more.

Anyone and everyone interested in analog electronics will find value in this app note. Feel free to jump around as needed, as this guide starts with the basics for complete beginners and ramps up into advanced noise theory and more. Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find inside:

For the Beginner

This guide starts out with a thorough introduction to the circuit theory you’ll need to know about for analog electronics. For example, you’ll learn the basics of the Current Divider Rule, which can be used to calculate the current flow in the output branch of a circuit when the circuit isn’t loaded.


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For the Designer

This guide walks through the design of several op amp configurations including the low-voltage op amp circuit. Signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) is an important factor to consider when designing a low-voltage op amp, as any kind of noise will affect how signals are delivered throughout a system. Understanding your SNR will help to choose an ideal op amp circuit that produces an acceptable amount of noise.


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For the Theorist

Noise is the bane of every engineer’s existence, and it just won’t go away! A solid understanding of op amp noise theory can arm and EE with the knowledge to make sense of all that noise in a circuit. The five types of noise discussed in this guide include shot noise, thermal noise, flicker noise, burst noise, and avalanche noise.


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Shot noise is random noise caused by random changes in the current flow of a conductor. When an electron crosses over a barrier, such as a PN junction in a semiconductor, a small shot of energy is released. This guide discusses the theory of shot noise in detail, along with ways to calculate the effects of shot noise in your circuit.


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Download Now

Ready to dive head first into the world of op amp design and theory? Analog electronics is only going to grow in demand right alongside digital electronics. Arm yourself with all the op amp knowledge you’ll need for your future design challenges!

Download the Op Amps for Everyone design reference from Texas Instruments now.

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