# The comparator does exactly what its name implies, as it compares two ?signals.? What effect would the sweep rate have on the ability for ?controlling the temperature of

The comparator does exactly what its name implies, as it compares two signals. What effect would the sweep rate have on the ability for controlling the temperature of a heating element, such as for a plastic injection molding machine, or is this really not an issue?

Electronic Devices

10th ed.

Chapter 13

Basic Op-Amp Circuits

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10th ed.

◆ Describe and analyze the operation of several types of

comparator circuits

◆ Describe and analyze the operation of several types of

summing amplifiers

◆ Describe and analyze the operation of integrators and

differentiators

◆ Troubleshoot op-amp circuits

Objectives:

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Comparators

A comparator is a specialized nonlinear op-amp circuit that compares two input voltages and produces an output state that indicates which one is greater. Comparators are designed to be fast and frequently have other capabilities to optimize the comparison function.

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Comparators

A comparator is a specialized nonlinear op-amp circuit that compares two input voltages and produces an output state that indicates which one is greater. Comparators are designed to be fast and frequently have other capabilities to optimize the comparison function.

An example of a comparator application is shown. The circuit detects a power failure in order to take an action to save data. As long as the comparator senses Vin, the output will be a dc level.

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Comparator with Hysteresis

Sometimes the input signal to a comparator may vary due to noise superimposed on the input. The result can be an unstable output. To avoid this, hysteresis can be used.

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Comparator with Hysteresis

Sometimes the input signal to a comparator may vary due to noise superimposed on the input. The result can be an unstable output. To avoid this, hysteresis can be used.

Hysteresis is incorporated by adding regenerative (positive) feedback, which creates two switching points: the upper trigger point (UTP) and the lower trigger point (LTP). After one trigger point is crossed, it becomes inactive and the other one becomes active.

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Comparator with Hysteresis

A comparator with hysteresis is also called a Schmitt trigger. The trigger points are found by applying the voltage-divider rule:

and

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Comparator with Hysteresis

A comparator with hysteresis is also called a Schmitt trigger. The trigger points are found by applying the voltage-divider rule:

and

Example:

What are the trigger points for the circuit if the maximum output is ±13 V?

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Comparator with Hysteresis

A comparator with hysteresis is also called a Schmitt trigger. The trigger points are found by applying the voltage-divider rule:

and

Solution:

Example:

What are the trigger points for the circuit if the maximum output is ±13 V?

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Comparator with Hysteresis

and

Solution:

Example:

What are the trigger points for the circuit if the maximum output is ±13 V?

= 2.28 V

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Comparator with Hysteresis

and

Solution:

Example:

What are the trigger points for the circuit if the maximum output is ±13 V?

= 2.28 V

By symmetry, the lower trigger point = -2.28 V

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Output Bounding

Some applications require a limit to the output of the comparator (such as a digital circuit). The output can be limited by using one or two zener diodes in the feedback circuit.

The circuit shown here is bounded as a positive value equal to the zener breakdown voltage.

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Comparator Applications

A comparator with hysteresis can produce a pulse with a variable duty cycle. For the circuit shown, Vout(max) ranges from 0 V to +5 V because of the GND and VDD connections on the LM311.

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Comparator Applications

A comparator with hysteresis can produce a pulse with a variable duty cycle. For the circuit shown, Vout(max) ranges from 0 V to +5 V because of the GND and VDD connections on the LM311.

The input is the red triangle wave (0 to 4 V). The duty cycle is varied with R2.

With R2 set to 100%, a 50% duty cycle is the result.

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Comparator Applications

A comparator with hysteresis can produce a pulse with a variable duty cycle. For the circuit shown, Vout(max) ranges from 0 V to +5 V because of the GND and VDD connections on the LM311.

The input is the red triangle wave (0 to 4 V). The duty cycle is varied with R2.

With R2 set to 5%, a short pulse is the result.

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Comparator Applications

Question:

What will happen when R2 is set to zero?

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Comparator Applications

When R2 is set at 0%, the comparator has no hysteresis, and the output is positive when the input triangle is negative.

Question:

What will happen when R2 is set to zero?

Answer:

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Comparator Applications

By changing the GND ref to -5 V, another useful circuit is formed. The input is a 4 Vp triangle wave (-4 V to +4 V). The output is a square wave that is delayed by an amount that depends on the setting of R2.

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Comparator Applications

By changing the GND ref to -5 V, another useful circuit is formed. The input is a 4 Vp triangle wave (-4 V to +4 V). The output is a square wave that is delayed by an amount that depends on the setting of R2.

Question:

What are the upper and lower trigger points when R2 is set to maximum?

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Comparator Applications

By changing the GND ref to -5 V, another useful circuit is formed. The input is a 4 Vp triangle wave (-4 V to +4 V). The output is a square wave that is delayed by an amount that depends on the setting of R2.

Question:

What are the upper and lower trigger points when R2 is set to maximum?

Answer:

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Comparator Applications

Question:

What are the upper and lower trigger points when R2 is set to maximum?

Answer:

= +3.94 V

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Comparator Applications

Question:

What are the upper and lower trigger points when R2 is set to maximum?

Answer:

= +3.94 V

By symmetry, VLTP = -3.94 V

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Comparator Applications

Simultaneous or flash analog-to-digital converters use 2n-1 comparators to convert an analog input to a digital value for processing. Flash ADCs are a series of comparators, each with a slightly different reference voltage. The priority encoder produces an output equal to the highest value input.

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Comparator Applications

Simultaneous or flash analog-to-digital converters use 2n-1 comparators to convert an analog input to a digital value for processing. Flash ADCs are a series of comparators, each with a slightly different reference voltage. The priority encoder produces an output equal to the highest value input.

In IC flash converters, the priority encoder usually includes a latch that holds the converter data constant for a period of time after the conversion.

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Summing Amplifier

A summing amplifier has two or more inputs; normally all inputs have unity gain. The output is proportional to the negative of the algebraic sum of the inputs.

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Summing Amplifier

A summing amplifier has two or more inputs; normally all inputs have unity gain. The output is proportional to the negative of the algebraic sum of the inputs.

Example:

What is VOUT if the input voltages are +5.0 V, -3.5 V and +4.2 V and all resistors = 10 kW?

10 kW

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Summing Amplifier

A summing amplifier has two or more inputs; normally all inputs have unity gain. The output is proportional to the negative of the algebraic sum of the inputs.

VOUT = -(VIN1 + VIN2 + VIN3)

= -(+5.0 V – 3.5 V + 4.2 V)

Solution:

Example:

What is VOUT if the input voltages are +5.0 V, -3.5 V and +4.2 V and all resistors = 10 kW?

10 kW

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Summing Amplifier

VOUT = -(VIN1 + VIN2 + VIN3)

= -(+5.0 V – 3.5 V + 4.2 V)

Solution:

Example:

What is VOUT if the input voltages are +5.0 V, -3.5 V and +4.2 V and all resistors = 10 kW?

= -5.7 V

10 kW

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Averaging Amplifier

An averaging amplifier is basically a summing amplifier with the gain set to Rf /R = 1/n (n is the number of inputs). The output is the negative average of the inputs.

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Averaging Amplifier

An averaging amplifier is basically a summing amplifier with the gain set to Rf /R = 1/n (n is the number of inputs). The output is the negative average of the inputs.

Example:

What is VOUT if the input voltages are +5.0 V, -3.5 V and +4.2 V? Assume R1 = R2 = R3 = 10 kW and Rf = 3.3 kW?

3.3 kW

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Averaging Amplifier

An averaging amplifier is basically a summing amplifier with the gain set to Rf /R = 1/n (n is the number of inputs). The output is the negative average of the inputs.

VOUT = -⅓(VIN1 + VIN2 + VIN3)

= -⅓(+5.0 V – 3.5 V + 4.2 V)

Solution:

Example:

What is VOUT if the input voltages are +5.0 V, -3.5 V and +4.2 V? Assume R1 = R2 = R3 = 10 kW and Rf = 3.3 kW?

3.3 kW

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Averaging Amplifier

VOUT = -⅓(VIN1 + VIN2 + VIN3)

= -⅓(+5.0 V – 3.5 V + 4.2 V)

Solution:

Example:

What is VOUT if the input voltages are +5.0 V, -3.5 V and +4.2 V? Assume R1 = R2 = R3 = 10 kW and Rf = 3.3 kW?

= -1.9 V

3.3 kW

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Scaling Amplifier

A scaling adder has two or more inputs with each input having a different gain. The output represents the negative scaled sum of the inputs.

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Scaling Amplifier

A scaling adder has two or more inputs with each input having a different gain. The output represents the negative scaled sum of the inputs.

Example:

Assume you need to sum the inputs from three microphones. The first two microphones require a gain of -2, but the third microphone requires a gain

of -3. What are the values of the

input R’s if Rf = 10 kW?

10 kW

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Scaling Amplifier

A scaling adder has two or more inputs with each input having a different gain. The output represents the negative scaled sum of the inputs.

Solution:

Example:

Assume you need to sum the inputs from three microphones. The first two microphones require a gain of -2, but the third microphone requires a gain

of -3. What are the values of the

input R’s if Rf = 10 kW?

10 kW

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Scaling Amplifier

Solution:

Example:

Assume you need to sum the inputs from three microphones. The first two microphones require a gain of -2, but the third microphone requires a gain

of -3. What are the values of the

input R’s if Rf = 10 kW?

5.0 kW

10 kW

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Scaling Amplifier

Solution:

Example:

of -3. What are the values of the

input R’s if Rf = 10 kW?

5.0 kW

10 kW

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Scaling Amplifier

Solution:

Example:

of -3. What are the values of the

input R’s if Rf = 10 kW?

5.0 kW

10 kW

3.3 kW

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Scaling Amplifier DAC

An application of a scaling adder is the D/A converter circuit shown here. The resistors are inversely proportional to the binary column weights. Because of the precision required of resistors, the method is useful only for small DACs.

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R/2R Ladder DAC

A more widely used method for D/A conversion is the R/2R ladder. The gain for D3 is -1. Each successive input has a gain that is half of previous one. The output represents a weighted sum of all of the inputs (similar to the scaling adder).

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R/2R Ladder DAC

A more widely used method for D/A conversion is the R/2R ladder. The gain for D3 is -1. Each successive input has a gain that is half of previous one. The output represents a weighted sum of all of the inputs (similar to the scaling adder).

An advantage of the R/2R ladder is that only two values of resistors are required to implement the circuit.

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The Integrator

The ideal integrator is an inverting amplifier that has a capacitor in the feedback path. The output voltage is proportional to the negative integral (running sum) of the input voltage.

Ideal

Integrator

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The Integrator

The ideal integrator is an inverting amplifier that has a capacitor in the feedback path. The output voltage is proportional to the negative integral (running sum) of the input voltage.

Op-amp integrating circuits must have extremely low dc offset and bias currents, because small errors are equivalent to a dc input. The ideal integrator tends to accumulate these errors, which moves the output toward saturation. The practical integrator overcomes these errors– the simplest method is to add a relatively large feedback resistor.

Ideal

Integrator

Practical

Integrator

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The Integrator

If a constant level is the input, the current is constant. The capacitor charges from a constant current and produces a ramp. The slope of the output is given by the equation:

220 kW

10 kW

0.1mF

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The Integrator

If a constant level is the input, the current is constant. The capacitor charges from a constant current and produces a ramp. The slope of the output is given by the equation:

220 kW

10 kW

0.1mF

Example:

Sketch the output wave:

Vin

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The Integrator

If a constant level is the input, the current is constant. The capacitor charges from a constant current and produces a ramp. The slope of the output is given by the equation:

220 kW

10 kW

0.1mF

Solution:

Example:

Sketch the output wave:

Vin

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The Integrator

220 kW

10 kW

0.1mF

Solution:

Example:

Sketch the output wave:

Vin

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The Integrator

220 kW

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