The AD8036 and AD8037 are wide bandwidth, low distortion clamping amplifiers. The AD8036 is unity gain stable. The AD8037 is stable at a gain of two or greater. These devices allow the designer to specify a high (VCH) and low (VCL) output clamp voltage. The output signal will clamp at these specified levels. Utilizing a unique patent pending CLAMPIN™ input clamp architecture, the AD8036 and AD8037 offer a 10 ×improvement in clamp performance compared to traditional out-V put clamping devices. In particular, clamp error is typically 3 mV or less and distortion in the clamp region is minimized. This product can be used as a classical op amp or a clamp amplifier where a high and low output voltage are specified.
The AD8036 and AD8037, which utilize a voltage feedback architecture, meet the requirements of many applications which previously depended on current feedback amplifiers. The AD8036 and AD8037 exhibit an exceptionally fast and accurate pulse response (16 ns to 0.01%), extremely wide small-signal and large-signal bandwidths and ultralow distortion. The AD8036 achieves -66 dBc at 20 MHz, and 240 MHz small-signal and 195 MHz large-signal bandwidths. The AD8036 and AD8037's recover from 2× clamp overdrive within 1.5 ns. These characteristics position the AD8036/AD8037 ideally for driving as well as buffering flash and high resolution ADCs.
In addition to traditional output clamp amplifier applications, the input clamp architecture supports the clamp levels as additional inputs to the amplifier. As such, in addition to static dc clamp levels, signals with speeds up to 240 MHz can be applied to the clamp pins. The clamp values can also be set to any value within the output voltage range provided that VH is greater that VL. Due to these clamp characteristics, the AD8036 and AD8037 can be used in nontraditional applications such as a full-wave rectifier, a pulse generator, or an amplitude modulator. These novel applications are only examples of some of the diverse applications which can be designed with input clamps.
The AD8036 is offered in chips, industrial (-40°C to +85°) and military (-55°C to +125°C) package temperature ranges and the AD8037 in industrial. Industrial versions are available in plastic DIP and SOIC; MIL versions are packaged in cerdip.
An evaluation board is available for this product and may be ordered using the following product number: AD8036-EB and AD8037-EB. Schematic and layout for this evaluation board is contained in the product datasheet.
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|AD8036/AD8037: Low Distortion, Wide Bandwidth Voltage Feedback Clamp Amps Data Sheet (Rev B, 01/2001) (pdf, 428 kB)||Data Sheets|
|AN-649: Using the Analog Devices Active Filter Design Tool (pdf, 5301 kB)||Application Notes|
|AN-581: Biasing and Decoupling Op Amps in Single Supply Applications (pdf, 166 kB)||Application Notes|
AN-402: Replacing Output Clamping Op Amps with Input Clamping Amps
(pdf, 55 kB)
So far most clamping amplifiers have relied upon an output clamping architecture and are called output clamp amps (OCAs). A new architecture called an input clamp amp (ICA) offers superior clamping accuracy and lower distortion.
AN-417: Fast Rail-to-Rail Operational Amplifiers Ease Design Constraints in Low Voltage High Speed Systems
(pdf, 228 kB)
Movement towards lower power supply voltages is driven by the demand that systems consume less and less power coupled with the desire to reduce the number of power supply voltages in the system. The following applications are discussed: Single-Ended and Differential Input ADC Input Circuits, Video Line Driver, Active Filter, HDSL Transceiver, and Transformer Drive Circuits.
|MT-060: Choosing Between Voltage Feedback and Current Feedback Op Amps (pdf, 62 kB)||Tutorials|
|MT-059: Compensating for the Effects of Input Capacitance on VFB and CFB Op Amps Used in Current-to-Voltage Converters (pdf, 69 kB)||Tutorials|
|MT-058: Effects of Feedback Capacitance on VFB and CFB Op Amps (pdf, 66 kB)||Tutorials|
|MT-056: High Speed Voltage Feedback Op Amps (pdf, 109 kB)||Tutorials|
|MT-053: Op Amp Distortion: HD, THD, THD + N, IMD, SFDR, MTPR (pdf, 104 kB)||Tutorials|
|MT-052: Op Amp Noise Figure: Don't Be Misled (pdf, 60 kB)||Tutorials|
|MT-050: Op Amp Total Output Noise Calculations for Second-Order System (pdf, 38 kB)||Tutorials|
|MT-049: Op Amp Total Output Noise Calculations for Single-Pole System (pdf, 40 kB)||Tutorials|
|MT-048: Op Amp Noise Relationships: 1/f Noise, RMS Noise, and Equivalent Noise Bandwidth (pdf, 81 kB)||Tutorials|
|MT-047: Op Amp Noise (pdf, 72 kB)||Tutorials|
|MT-033: Voltage Feedback Op Amp Gain and Bandwidth (pdf, 251 kB)||Tutorials|
|MT-032: Ideal Voltage Feedback (VFB) Op Amp (pdf, 65 kB)||Tutorials|
A Stress-Free Method for Choosing High-Speed Op Amps
A decision-tree approach to making the critical decision about high-speed op amp selection, including a look at some helpful tools.
|UG-460: Evaluation Board for Single, High Speed Operational Amplifiers (8-Lead SOIC) (pdf, 369 kB)||User Guides|
Choosing High-Speed Signal Processing Components for Ultrasound Systems
(Analog Dialogue, Vol. 29, No. 2, 1995)
|High Speed Amplifiers Selection Table (pdf, 77 kB)||Product Selection Guide|
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This calculator converts between standard units of power measurement and signal strength.
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Power Dissipation vs Die Temp
This tool estimates die temperature and power dissipation based on the supply voltages, ambient temperature, load characteristics, and package thermal data.
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This tool will help with the selection, evaluation and troubleshooting of voltage feedback Op-Amps. It uses typical data to model the behavior of a selected amplifier. It allows a user to select an amplifier, configure a circuit, apply a signal and evaluate the performance. It is useful for checking an amplifier's spec's such as Bandwidth, Slew Rate, Input/Output Range, Gain Error, Load Current, Stability Issues and DC Errors in a given circuit.
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An applet for demonstrating stability effects in opamp buffers.
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