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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