Fast Symmetrical Zener Clipper

Posted on Mar 28, 2013

The problem with using two zeners back to back in series to get symmetrical clamping is that the knee of the

Fast Symmetrical Zener Clipper
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zener characteristics is rather sloppy. Also, charge storage in the zeners causes speed problems and the zeners will have slightly different knee voltages, so the symmetry will not be all that good. This circuit overcomes these problems. By putting the zener inside a diode bridge, the same zener voltage is always experienced. The voltage errors caused by the diodes are much smaller than those caused by the zener. Also, the charge storage of the bridge is much less. By biasing the zener ON all the time, the knee appears to be much sharper.

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