Biasing Op-Amps into Class A


Posted on Jan 14, 2013

`Class A` refers to configuring an amplifier so that its output devices remain turned on all the time. This reduces thermal variation and eliminates crossover distortion, which makes the chip perform better. To bias an op-amp into class A, you simply put a current source from the op-amp`s output to one of the power rails. Everything else is details. This article is about those details.


Biasing Op-Amps into Class A
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