Unity Gain Operational Amplifier

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Dritech

Joined Sep 21, 2011
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Hi all,

The OPA337 datasheet states that :

The OPA337 series is unity-gain stable. The OPA338 series is optimized for gains greater than or equal to 5.
Can the OPA337 be used for gains greater than 5, or just as a unity gain IC ?
I am planning to implement an amplifier with a variable gain from 1 to 10. Since it can be set to unity gain (A = 1), I was opting for a unity gain stable op-amp. But are they good for gains greater than 1 ?
 

#12

Joined Nov 30, 2010
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Just because it's guaranteed stable down to a gain of one doesn't mean they revoked the stability at higher gains.
 

crutschow

Joined Mar 14, 2008
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The more feedback, the higher the chance of oscillating.
So if the op amp is (non-inverting) unity-gain stable, with a feedback gain of 1, then it will be stable at higher gains, where the feedback gain is less than 1.
 

ErnieM

Joined Apr 24, 2011
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Unity gain is most problematic as the feedback is greatest.

Higher gains are more stable.

(don't snooze before hitting send or someone will beat you to your point.)
 

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Dritech

Joined Sep 21, 2011
869
Thanks for the replies. Is greater feedback/more feedback referring to higher gain? I cannot really understand when the OPA337 (a unity gain stable op-amp) gets unstable. How can I know that the op-amp will work correctly with gain varying from 1 to 10?
 

#12

Joined Nov 30, 2010
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I cannot really understand when the OPA337 (a unity gain stable op-amp) gets unstable.
It doesn't get unstable for any gain equal to or greater than one.
How can I know that the op-amp will work correctly with gain varying from 1 to 10?
1) We just told you it would.
2) The datasheet told you it is stable down to a gain of one volt per volt.
That means it is stable for all gains equal to or greater than one.
 
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