Month: June 2015

Creation and Simulation of an OPA569 Laser Driver Circuit

The “OPA569 Laser Driver” circuit provides voltage- controlled constant- current biasing of a grounded- anode laser diode by using a negative supply voltage and a positive control voltage. As shown, the OPA569 op amp provides an output current of 500mA per volt input. Output is current- limited to 2A by R2. Frequency compensation is provided by C3 R3. This circuit takes advantage of the unique topology of the OPA569; it does not require a shunt resistor to measure its output current. This amplifier provides an output monitor current from pin 19 that is 1/475 th of its output current. This current is used as negative feedback to the amplifier’s inverting input (pin 5). A constant- current output is derived by this feedback. Since no shunt resistor is required to measure output current, there is no reduction in output voltage compliance due to shunt resistor voltage drop and this circuit can swing its output voltage very close to its supply rail. This increases efficiency and reduces heat sinking requirements. In fact, supply voltage can be reduced to 3.3V for most laser diodes. The OPA569 features both a Current Limit (pin 4) and a Thermal Overtemp (pin 7) flag. These flags can be used to protect the amplifier and the Enable (pin 8) can be used to digitally control its status. (Circuit is created by Neil P. Albaugh, TI – Tucson)

OPA569 Laser Driver Circuit:

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Creation and Simulation of an OPA569 Laser Driver Circuit

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Creation and Simulation of a Capacitance Multiplier Circuit

A “capacitance multiplier” circuit can increase the effective value of a small capacitor C1 to a much larger value. The capacitance seen at Vout is: Cout = C1 * R1/R3. Note that this circuit is only for a ground- referenced capacitor. Rs = R3.  The output capacitance can be verified by placing an AC source in series with a resistor tied to Vout and running an AC frequency response analysis. As seen in the result below, the 100pF capacitor has been multiplied by 1,000.  Bypass capacitors are not shown.  (From a NSC app note) /Circuit is created by Neil P. Albaugh  TI- Tucson/

Capacitance Multiplier Circuit:

Capacitance multiplier-YT2

Creation and Simulation of a Capacitance Multiplier Circuit

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Michael Koltai
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Time-to-Voltage Converter

Applications such as rangefinders and ballistic chronographs require a high resolution measurement of time. This can be a time period of a few hundred nanoseconds to a few milliseconds. This is an analog circuit that can convert a time period to a voltage with high linearity and high resolution. In principle, a current source is used to charge a capacitor for the time interval and then the voltage across that capacitor is measured. A REF200 precision current source is used to furnish 200uA to a fast SPDT analog switch, represented by SW1 & SW2. This switch steers the current into ground or into a 100pF capacitor C2. U1 is simply a high- precision buffer amplifier for the voltage on C2. SW3 is a reset that zeros the voltage on C2. Initially, SW3 is open and SW2 steers the 200uA to ground until a START command is received; SW2 then opens and SW1 closes, steering the current into C2. The capacitor charges until a STOP command is received;  SW1 then opens and SW2 closes. The voltage on C2 is proportional to the time between START and STOP; scale time range is determined by the value of C2 so this capacitor should be high quality. A polystyrene or NPO (COG) ceramic is recommended for C2. A small DMOS SD211 can be used for SW3.  (Circuit is created by  Neil P. Albaugh, TI-Tucson)

Time-to-Voltage Converter circuit:

 Time-to voltage converter-blog3

 

Online Simulation of a Time-to-Voltage Converter circuit:

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