# TL071 question: 71 has offset adjustments. What are the offsets for?

#### Tonyr1084

Joined Sep 24, 2015
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I've rarely messed with an op-amp. I'm going through my stockpile of stuff and have several TL071's (8 pin dip). Looking at the data sheet, the 71 has offset adjustment pins. I've never used an offset adjustment. Can you tell me what they're for and how to use them?

#### Papabravo

Joined Feb 24, 2006
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I've rarely messed with an op-amp. I'm going through my stockpile of stuff and have several TL071's (8 pin dip). Looking at the data sheet, the 71 has offset adjustment pins. I've never used an offset adjustment. Can you tell me what they're for and how to use them?
Input Offset Voltage is the differential voltage at the opamp input that produces 0 volts out. Because of the high gain this can be tricky to measure and in modern devices has been reduced to a pretty low value. On some older devices you can use the offset adjust pins to get rid of the Input Offset Voltage.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Input_offset_voltage

#### MrChips

Joined Oct 2, 2009
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I've rarely messed with an op-amp. I'm going through my stockpile of stuff and have several TL071's (8 pin dip). Looking at the data sheet, the 71 has offset adjustment pins. I've never used an offset adjustment. Can you tell me what they're for and how to use them?
With an op-amp with bi-polar supply voltages, when you input zero differential voltage at the inverting and non-inverting inputs, i.e. (Vin+) - (Vin-) = 0 you would expect the output Vout to be zero.

However input offset voltage in the op-amp itself may cause the output voltage to be non-zero. Offset adjustment allows you trim the output voltage to zero.

#### Tonyr1084

Joined Sep 24, 2015
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Thanks MrChips. By what means would that offset be adjusted?

#### Papabravo

Joined Feb 24, 2006
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Thanks MrChips. By what means would that offset be adjusted?
The description of how it is done is in the datasheet. Can involve a pot.

#### Tonyr1084

Joined Sep 24, 2015
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in the datasheet
Awe geez. The hard way. Thanks. I'll give that a search and see if I can spot it.

 If I'm seeing this right, page 15 of the TI Data Sheet says typical ±1mV, max ±4mV. Is that what you read?

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#### dl324

Joined Mar 30, 2015
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There are some general purpose methods for nulling offset voltage on opamps that don't have explicit pins.

I was checking tracking on a DIY tracking supply and threw this together to measure differences that were in the 3-30mV range (on a 1.25-18V supply output range). On the 20V range, my DVM couldn't measure a difference that small.

#### bertus

Joined Apr 5, 2008
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Hello,

Have a look at the datasheet.
On page 37 is the offset circuit:

On page 38 there is the internal schematic, where the offset for the TL071 is done:

Bertus

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#### MrChips

Joined Oct 2, 2009
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Check the datasheet of an example that resembles this:

#### Tonyr1084

Joined Sep 24, 2015
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bertus is that only tied to the negative rail?

#### Papabravo

Joined Feb 24, 2006
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Awe geez. The hard way. Thanks. I'll give that a search and see if I can spot it.

 If I'm seeing this right, page 15 of the TI Data Sheet says typical ±1mV, max ±4mV. Is that what you read?
p. 37, Fig 7.3 on the version of the datasheet you posted. I didn't give you a reference because my datasheet is a couple of years old, but it is the same figure.
I knew you'd find it eventually, and I couldn't recall the precise details. Sorry you had to work for it.

#### Tonyr1084

Joined Sep 24, 2015
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We learn little when information comes too easily. It's too easily forgotten.

I've always been a poor reader. LAUSD (Los Angeles Unified School District) I graduated with remedial reading skills. After all, ours was the #4 from the bottom school in the USD in 1976.

#### bertus

Joined Apr 5, 2008
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Hello,

Yes, when you look at the internal schematic, it is changing the balance between the emittor resistors.

bertus

#### KeepItSimpleStupid

Joined Mar 4, 2014
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If you read some of the datasheets, there are some penalties which I forget what they are.

It's not a bad application for digi-pots and auto-zero routines.

I was working on a potential auto-zero function for a multi-range I-V converter, but it got pulled. DC was not a requirement. I didn't add null pots because I had expected it to be done electronically and I goofed.

I managed 40pA of offset which wasn't shabby without any nulling.

The idea was to do, Two ranges with a zero input to measure Vos with it configured as an voltage amplifier.

SURPRISE: When you output 0V from a DAC, you don't get 0.

AC measurements, were the primary purpose and that worked out very well.

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#### Papabravo

Joined Feb 24, 2006
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We learn little when information comes too easily. It's too easily forgotten.

I've always been a poor reader. LAUSD (Los Angeles Unified School District) I graduated with remedial reading skills. After all, ours was the #4 from the bottom school in the USD in 1976.
B5/B6 1958/1959. Got out after 1 year

#### atferrari

Joined Jan 6, 2004
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Crude (but effective) balance of the long tail pair.

#### Wolframore

Joined Jan 21, 2019
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Is it better being top of class in bottom school or bottom of class in a top school? I can relate to either... until I started caring...
back on topic. I believe that they just had so many pins on a DIP-8 that they broke out a bunch of stuff which seems to be set by uA741 to control Null Offset and sometimes compensation in the single opamps. Notice you don't get these on the dual or quad opamp IC's.

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#### Ian0

Joined Aug 7, 2020
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My view is if you want low offset voltage, then buy a low-offset op-amp, like a OP07. Don't bother faffing about with a offset-adjust preset.
Only use a TL071 if you're not bothered by a few millivolts of offset error (which you won't be, if you're amplifying audio signals with it)

#### atferrari

Joined Jan 6, 2004
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There are some general purpose methods for nulling offset voltage on opamps that don't have explicit pins.
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I was checking tracking on a DIY tracking supply and threw this together to measure differences that were in the 3-30mV range (on a 1.25-18V supply output range). On the 20V range, my DVM couldn't measure a difference that small.
This is my actual implementation with a TL072: