High frequency peak detector

National Semiconductor's DP8464B is primarily intended for use in disk systems as a pulse detector. However it can be easily used as a general purpose peak detector for analogue signals up to 5 MHz. The chip can handle signals between 20 and 66 mV peak-to-peak. The circuit includes a filter with constant group delay characteristics to band limit the signal. Typically the -3 dB point for this filter will be at about 1.5 times the highest frequency of interest.

This differentiator network between pins 1 and 24 can be as simple as a capacitor, or can be more complex to band limit the differentiator response.

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