input impedance booster circuit


Posted on Feb 5, 2014

The input impedance of a. c. -coupled op amp circuits depends almost entirely on the resistance that sets the d. c. operating point. If CMOS op amps are used, the input is high, in current op amps up to 10 M. If a higher value is needed, a bootstrap may be used, which enables the input impedance to be boosted artificially to a very high value. In


input impedance booster circuit
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the diagram, resistors R1 plus R2 form the resistance that sets the d. c. operating point for opamp IC1. If no other actions were taken, the input impedance would be about 20M. However, part of the input signal is fed back in phase, so that the alternating current through R1 is smaller. The input impedance, Zin, is then: Zin=(R2+R3)/R3)(R1+R2). With component values as specified, Zin has a value of about 1G. The circuit draws a current of about 3mA.




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