An operational amplifier is a DC-coupled high-gain electronic voltage amplifier with a differential input and. Operational Amplifier. General Description. The LM series are general purpose operational amplifi- ers which feature improved performance over industry. Le UA est un amplificateur opérationnel à usage général doté d’une capacité nulle de tension de décalage. Le gain élevé et la large gamme de tensio.

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An operational amplifier often op-amp or opamp is a DC-coupled high- gain electronic voltage amplifier with a differential input and, usually, a single-ended output. Operational amplifiers had their origins in analog ammplificateurwhere they were used to perform mathematical operations in many linear, non-linear, and frequency-dependent circuits.

The popularity of the op-amp as a building block in analog circuits is due to its versatility. By using negative feedbackthe characteristics of an op-amp circuit, its gain, input and output impedancebandwidth etc. Op-amps are among the most widely used electronic devices today, being used in a vast array of consumer, industrial, and scientific devices. The op-amp is one type of differential amplifier.

Other types of differential amplifier include the fully differential amplifier similar to the op-amp, but with two outputsthe instrumentation amplifier usually built from three op-ampsthe isolation amplifier similar to the instrumentation amplifier, but with tolerance to common-mode voltages that would destroy an ordinary op-ampand negative-feedback amplifier usually built from one or more op-amps and oprationne, resistive feedback network. The output voltage of the op-amp V out is given by the equation.

Situations in which the output voltage is equal to or greater than the supply voltage are referred to as saturation of the opdationnel. The magnitude of A OL is not well controlled by the manufacturing process, and so it is impractical to use an open-loop amplifier as a stand-alone differential amplifier. Without negative feedbackand perhaps with positive feedback for regenerationan op-amp acts as a comparator. Since there is no feedback from the output to either input, this is an open-loop circuit acting as a comparator.

If predictable operation is desired, negative feedback is used, by applying a a,plificateur of the output voltage to the inverting input. The closed-loop feedback greatly reduces the gain of the circuit.

When negative feedback is used, the circuit’s overall gain and response becomes determined mostly opfationnel the feedback network, rather than by the op-amp characteristics. If the feedback network ja741 made of components with values small relative to the op amp’s input impedance, the value of the op-amp’s open-loop response A OL does not seriously affect the circuit’s performance.

The response of the op-amp circuit with its input, output, and feedback circuits to an input is characterized mathematically by a transfer function ; designing an op-amp circuit to have a desired transfer function is in the realm of electrical engineering. The transfer functions are important in most applications of op-amps, such as in analog computers.

High input impedance at the input terminals and low output impedance at the output terminal s are particularly useful features of an op-amp. Equilibrium will be pprationnel when V out is just sufficient to “reach around and pull” the inverting input to the same voltage as V in. Because of the feedback provided by the R fR amplificqteur network, this is a closed-loop circuit.

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Another way to analyze this circuit proceeds by making the following usually valid assumptions: An ideal op-amp is usually considered to have the following characteristics: The first rule only applies in the usual case where the op-amp is used in wmplificateur closed-loop design negative feedback, where there is a signal path of some sort feeding back from the output to the inverting input.

These rules are commonly used as a good first approximation for analyzing or designing op-amp circuits. None of these ideals can be perfectly realized. A real op-amp may be modeled with non-infinite or non-zero parameters using equivalent resistors and capacitors in the op-amp model.

The designer can then include these effects into the overall performance of the final circuit. Some parameters may turn out to have negligible effect on the final design while others represent actual limitations of the final performance that must be evaluated.

The op-amp ampliticateur calculated at DC does not apply at higher frequencies. Thus, for high-speed operation, more sophisticated considerations must be used in an op-amp circuit design.

Amplificateur opérationnel UA

Bipolars amplificatekr generally better when it comes to input voltage offset, us741 often have lower noise. Sourced by many manufacturers, and in multiple similar products, an example of a bipolar transistor operational amplifier is the integrated circuit designed in by David Fullagar at Fairchild Semiconductor after Bob Widlar ‘s LM integrated circuit design.


A small-scale integrated circuitthe op-amp shares with most op-amps an internal structure consisting of three gain stages: The input stage consists of a cascaded differential amplifier outlined in blue followed by a current-mirror active load.

This constitutes a transconductance amplifierturning a differential voltage signal oprtionnel the bases of Q1, Q2 into a current signal into the base of Q It entails two cascaded transistor pairs, satisfying conflicting requirements.

The first stage consists of the matched NPN emitter follower pair Q1, Q2 that provide high input impedance. The output sink transistor Q20 receives its base drive from the common collectors of Q15 and Q19; the level-shifter Q16 provides base drive for the output source transistor Q The transistor Q22 prevents this stage from delivering excessive current to Q20 and thus limits the output sink current.

Transistor Q16 outlined in green provides the quiescent current for the output amolificateur, and Q16 provides output current limiting. The biasing circuit of this stage is amplifictaeur by a feedback loop that forces the collector currents of Q10 and Q9 to nearly match. Input bias current for the base of Q1 resp.

At the same time, the magnitude of the quiescent current is relatively insensitive to the characteristics of the components Q1—Q4, such as h fethat would otherwise cause temperature dependence or part-to-part variations. Through some [ vague ] mechanism, the collector current in Q19 tracks that standing current. In the circuit involving Q16 variously named rubber diode or V BE multiplierthe 4. Then the V CB must be about 0. This small standing current in the output transistors establishes the output stage in class AB operation and reduces the crossover distortion of this stage.

A small differential input voltage signal gives rise, through multiple stages of current amplification, to a much larger voltage signal on output.

The input stage with Q1 and Q3 is similar to an emitter-coupled pair long-tailed pairwith Q2 and Q4 adding some degenerating impedance. The input impedance is relatively high because of the small current through Q1-Q4. The common mode input impedance is even higher, as the input stage works at an essentially constant current. This portion of the op amp cleverly changes a differential signal at the op amp inputs to a single-ended signal at the base of Q15, and in a way that avoids wastefully discarding the signal in either leg.

To see how, notice that a small negative change in voltage at the inverting input Q2 base drives it out of conduction, and this incremental decrease in current passes directly from Q4 collector to its emitter, resulting in a decrease in base drive for Q On the other hand, a small positive change in voltage at the non-inverting input Q1 base drives this transistor into conduction, reflected in an increase in current at the collector of Q3.

Thus, the increase in Q3 emitter current is mirrored in an increase in Q6 collector current; the increased collector currents shunts more from the collector node and results in a decrease in base drive current for Q Output transistors Q14 and Q20 are each configured as an emitter follower, so no voltage gain occurs there; instead, this stage provides current gain, equal to the h fe of Q14 resp. The output impedance is not zero, as it would be in an ideal op-amp, but with negative feedback it approaches zero at low frequencies.

The net open-loop small-signal voltage gain of the op amp involves the product of the current gain h fe of some 4 transistors. The ideal op amp has infinite common-mode rejection ratioor zero common-mode gain. The 30 pF capacitor stabilizes the amplifier via Miller compensation and functions in a manner similar to an op-amp integrator circuit. This internal compensation is provided to achieve unconditional stability of the amplifier in negative feedback configurations where the feedback network is non-reactive and the closed loop gain is unity or higher.

The potentiometer is adjusted such that the output is null midrange when the inputs are shorted together. Variations in the quiescent current with temperature, or between parts with the same type number, are common, so crossover distortion and quiescent current may be subject to significant variation. The output range of the amplifier is about one volt less than the supply voltage, owing in part to V BE of the output transistors Q14 and Q Current limiting for Q20 is performed in the voltage gain stage: Later versions of this amplifier schematic may show a somewhat different method of output current limiting.


While the was historically used in audio and other sensitive equipment, such use is now rare because of the improved noise performance of more modern op-amps. Apart from generating noticeable hiss, s and other older op-amps may have poor common-mode rejection ratios and so will often introduce cable-borne mains hum and other common-mode interference, such as switch ‘clicks’, into sensitive equipment.

The description of the output stage is qualitatively similar for many other designs that may have quite different input stagesexcept:.

The use of op-amps as circuit blocks is much easier and clearer than specifying all their individual circuit elements transistors, resistors, etc. In the first approximation op-amps can be used as if they were ideal differential gain blocks; at a later stage limits can be placed on the acceptable range of parameters for each op-amp.

Circuit design follows the same lines for all electronic circuits. A specification is drawn up governing what the circuit is required to do, with allowable limits. A basic circuit is designed, often with the help of circuit modeling on a computer.

Specific commercially available op-amps and other components are then chosen that meet the design criteria within the specified tolerances at acceptable cost. If not all criteria can be met, the specification may need to be modified. A prototype is then built and tested; changes to meet or improve the specification, alter functionality, or reduce the cost, may be made. That is, the op-amp is being used as a voltage comparator.

Note that a device designed primarily as a comparator may be better if, for instance, speed is important or a wide range of input voltages may be found, since such devices can quickly recover from full on or full off “saturated” states. A voltage level detector can be obtained if a reference voltage V ref is applied to one of the op-amp’s inputs.

This means that the op-amp is set up as a comparator to detect a positive voltage.

If E i is applied to the inverting input, the circuit is an inverting positive-level detector: If E i is a sine wave, triangular xmplificateur, or wave of any other shape that is symmetrical around zero, the zero-crossing detector’s output will be square. Zero-crossing detection may also be useful in triggering TRIACs at the best time to reduce mains interference and current spikes.

Another typical configuration of op-amps is with positive au741, which takes a fraction of the output signal back to the non-inverting input. An important application of it is the comparator with hysteresis, the Schmitt trigger. Some circuits may use positive feedback and negative feedback around the same amplifier, for example triangle-wave oscillators and active filters. Because of the wide slew range and lack of positive feedback, the response of all the open-loop level detectors described above will be relatively slow.

External overall positive feedback amplificageur be applied, but unlike internal positive feedback that may be applied within the latter stages of a opdationnel comparator this markedly affects the accuracy of the zero-crossing detection point. In uz741 non-inverting amplifier, the output voltage changes in the same direction as the input voltage.

The non-inverting input of the operational amplifier needs a path for DC to ground; if the signal source does not supply a DC path, or if that source requires a given load impedance, then amplificatrur circuit will require another resistor from the non-inverting input to ground.

When the operational amplifier’s input bias currents are significant, then the DC source resistances driving the inputs should be balanced. That ideal value assumes the bias currents are well matched, which may not be true for all op-amps. In an inverting oorationnel, the output voltage changes in an opposite direction to the input voltage. Again, the op-amp input does not apply an appreciable load, so. A resistor is often inserted between the non-inverting input and ground so both inputs “see” similar resistancesreducing the input offset voltage due to different voltage drops due to bias currentand may reduce distortion in some op-amps.

A DC-blocking capacitor may be inserted in series with the input resistor when a frequency response down to DC is not needed and any DC voltage on the input is unwanted. That is, the capacitive component of the input impedance inserts a DC zero and amplificatuer low-frequency pole that gives the circuit a bandpass or high-pass characteristic.