Non investing amplifier less than unity gain buffer
The voltage follower or unity gain buffer is a special and very useful type of Non-inverting amplifier circuit that is commonly used in electronics to isolated. When using an amplifier as an attenuator, the amplifier has less than unity gain (G < 1). Therefore the assumption is the amplifier must be configured as an. If an op amp is compensated by the manufacturer to be stable at a closed loop gain of one, odds are that it may be stable at gains less than one. FOREX NEWS TRADER EA
This article will concentrate mainly on audio including hi-fi applications, but there are some configurations that are just so wonderful that I cannot resist the temptation to include them. For the most part, any of the configurations shown can use the simplest and cheapest opamp you can get especially for testing , unless extremely wide bandwidth or low noise is a prime consideration. For any of the test circuits this is not an issue. I also suggest that you build up the Opamp Design and Test Board Project 41 , which is ideal for the experimenter.
Most of the circuits shown can be built using this test board, and will function perfectly, although there will be limitations as to bandwidth and noise because of the LM dual opamps recommended for the project. This recommendation is for a purpose - if fast opamps are used, many circuits will oscillate because of long tracks and wires from inputs and outputs. Some Salient Points About Opamps Amongst the DIY and 'upgrade' fraternities, there are often claims that one opamp or another exhibits 'superior' bass response.
This may be described as the bass being 'fuller', 'more extended' or 'faster' with the latter being an oxymoron. These claims are nonsense without exception. All opamps have response that extends to DC, somewhat below any frequency that anyone listens to, regardless of musical genre. At frequencies from DC to perhaps Hz or so, no opamp ever made will show the slightest difference whatsoever in any given circuit. Some may have a little more or less DC offset, but this should never make it past the preamp circuitry, as DC applied to a loudspeaker can shift the voicecoil partially out of the magnetic gap, usually causing increased distortion.
If anyone thinks that an opamp can change the bass response of their system, they are being subjected to 'confirmation bias', a psychological phenomenon where the listener expects to hear a difference, and imagines that they do hear a difference, even though nothing has changed. This is a real effect, and no-one and I really do mean no-one is immune. I've been working with audio for my entire working life, and if I'm not very careful it's still so easy to imagine that something sounds 'better', when there's no measurable difference.
Opamps, and in particular some of the best available, have extraordinarily good performance, with low distortion and wide frequency response that exceed anything needed in audio circuits. The LM is a particularly good opamp, and is the preferred choice for most circuits.
This doesn't change the fact that the NE remains viable for all audio circuitry. Many of the best known and loved albums from the late s and beyond have been mixed and mastered with consoles containing hundreds of NE opamps. Unfortunately, claims of this nature tend to take on a life of their own, and it doesn't take long before you see it repeated so many times that you think it must be true. Repetition of a falsehood doesn't make it true, regardless of the number of times it's repeated.
Finally, there are discrete opamps, usually made so they will plug into sockets intended for standard integrated circuit devices. Some of these have very high performance, but it comes at a cost - many are frighteningly expensive. While often wild claims are often made for their 'superior' performance, some are no better than an NE, others are not as good. They are all usually rather large, and they may not fit into many circuit boards due to other parts in close proximity.
Some might not even fit into the chassis, especially where space is limited slim-line enclosures for example. Ohm's law is fundamental to electronics, and with little more it is possible to derive most of the other resistance based formulae. Ohm's law states that a potential of 1 Volt through a resistance of 1 Ohm will cause a current of 1 Ampere to flow.
These will be presented as needed. Many people are 'scared' off electronics because they think that high-level maths knowledge is necessary, but for basic circuitry this is not the case at all. In all cases, I try to keep formulae to the minimum required for a good understanding. The ESP site doesn't show detailed and complex maths functions unless they are absolutely essential to understand what's going on.
You will see references to 'an instantaneous level of 'x' volts AC'. At any point in time, an AC voltage has an instantaneous voltage - this is the voltage that is present at that moment, and for analysis can be treated as DC. This is valid only when we consider this 'DC' level as a transient thing, since many of the circuits do not operate down to DC at all many others do, but this is beside the point. There are two Rules, and although real life is never like theory I could fill the page with suitable examples, but shall refrain , they describe the operation of all opamp circuits very accurately So let's look at Rule 1.
Any change of voltage on either terminal is reflected by a change in the output that causes more or less current to flow in the feedback circuit to restore equilibrium. For negative feedback, there must be a resistance between the opamp's output and its inverting input. There will normally be a second resistor from the inverting input to set the circuit's gain.
This resistor may go to ground, an 'artificial ground' or used as the input. If this is unclear to you, see the further explanations below - but remember the 1st Rule! While it sounds simplistic, it actually describes the linear operation so well that you will rarely need to concern yourself at least during circuit analysis with the minor deviations that inevitably occur due to limited gain, input offset voltages, etc. These are important, but they don't help with understanding what the device is trying to achieve.
If the -in terminal is more positive, the output will swing negative. This condition is usually the result of no negative feedback, and may or may not include positive feedback, where the opamp's output is connected via a resistor to the non-inverting input pin.
Positive feedback is not a requirement for Rule 2 though, it's entirely optional, depending on what the designer wants to achieve. There is almost no opamp circuit that you cannot understand once these Rules are firmly established in your thinking. Even circuits that use external transistors in strange ways will obey the Rules. An opamp that does not perform as above is being used outside of its normal operating parameters, and the results will be unpredictable and almost always unsatisfactory.
It is often explained that an opamp reacts only to the difference between the two inputs, and not to their common voltage common mode voltage is any voltage that appears on both inputs when the circuit is in equilibrium. While essentially true, this doesn't have the absolute clarity of 'The Rules', nor does it help general understanding.
There are many parameters that you will see in data sheets, and these are covered in more detail a little later. There is no point doing it now, as the importance will be lost until you know more about the opamp itself. Many of the quads use the same pinouts as well, and this has enabled people to swap opamps for 'better' ones for a very long time. The available styles and dimensions are available in the datasheet for the opamp you want to use.
However - Don't count on complete standardisation! There are some variations, and although uncommon, they do exist. I shall not be concerned with any of the different devices - only the common pinout versions will be shown. Figure 1 - Common Opamp Pinouts Figure 1 shows the standard connections for single, dual and quad opamps, but be aware that the remaining pins on the common single devices can occasionally have uses other than those shown.
The additional connections available are most commonly: Offset Null - used to adjust the amplifier to ensure that the input transistors are perfectly balanced, so that with no input signal, there is zero volts output. This is important for DC amplifier circuits. Compensation - Some single opamps do not have inbuilt frequency compensation capacitors, and these are connected externally instead. This allows the designer more freedom, and the opamp's high frequency performance can be optimised for the design objective.
You may at times see these connections used in unconventional ways. Either way, I shall not be delving into these aspects of the design process. Some opamps are compensated for some specified minimum gain. For example, the NE single opamp is stable with a gain of three 10dB or more without adding a compensation capacitor.
If the required gain is less than three, external compensation is required to prevent oscillation. Most opamps will operate with a maximum of 36V between the supply terminals. Some opamps are rated for higher voltages, and others for less, so consult the spec sheet from the manufacturer.
A dual supply is not required, but it does simplify the design and is recommended for most applications. A dual supply has the advantage that all inputs and outputs are earth ground referenced. This can eliminate a great many capacitors from a complex design, and is the most common way to power most opamp circuits.
Note that from a commercial perspective, elimination or reduction of capacitors is done for economic reasons rather than any great desire to 'simplify' the signal path or eliminate 'evil' capacitors. Since the pinouts are nearly always the same, Figure 1 will be applicable in most cases, but as I said earlier "Don't count on it!
When in doubt, get the specification sheet from the manufacturer. When not in doubt, get the specification sheet anyway. Most specification sheets give the test conditions for this measurement, and this should be consulted if an unusual design is contemplated. Bypassing Although most opamps have a very good PSRR, this cannot compensate the IC for power supply lead or track inductance, and this can cause serious misbehaviour of the opamp in use.
It is always recommended that the supply be bypassed with capacitors - with special attention needed with high speed opamps. Bypassing should always use capacitors with good high frequency performance, and multilayer aka monolithic ceramics are the best in this regard. It is common for designs to use electrolytic capacitors, themselves bypassed by low value nF capacitors.
This ensures that all trace inductance is properly 'neutralised', and helps to prevent oscillation. When this occurs with a high speed HS opamp, it will commonly be in the MHz region, and may be extremely hard to see on basic oscilloscopes. A sure sign of oscillation is inexplicable distortion, that mysteriously disappears or appears when you touch the opamp or a component in its immediate vicinity.
Figure 2 - Bypassing The Opamp Supplies Even with HS opamps, electrolytic capacitors are usually not needed for each device generally needed only on each board , but the use of ceramic bypass caps between the supply pins of each device is highly recommended. Figure 2 shows a common method of bypassing power supplies for opamp circuits 'A' , but there are others.
In some cases, the supplies may not be bypassed to earth ground , but just to each other. This has the advantage of not coupling supply noise into the earth ground system 'B'. The approach I usually take with PCB designs is shown in 'C', with a pair of electros at the point where the DC is connected to the PCB, and a bypass cap between the supplies of each opamp or opamp package. These claims are often made by frauds and charlatans, then perpetuated by unwitting hobbyists and others who don't know enough to be able to perform detailed analysis.
Claims like this should be completely ignored - they have no basis in fact whatsoever, and indeed, quite the reverse is usually true in each case. Note that bypassing alone is not sufficient to ensure stability under all conditions. Poor PCB layout can create problems too, and it's often necessary to take extra precautions with the layout to avoid issues that can be extremely difficult to track down.
This is doubly true for inexperienced designers who are unaware of the general 'risk factors'. You will know that you have a layout or bypassing problem if a slow opamp works fine, but a faster one oscillates or causes severe ringing on transient signals including squarewaves.
A common error is to omit an output resistor typically ohms to isolate the opamp's output from capacitive loads such as coaxial cables including standard RCA interconnects. While the unused opamp can be left disconnected, this isn't considered good design practice. In some cases although I've not seen it happen , it's possible that a 'floating' i. The easiest is to simply join the unused output to its inverting input, and connect the non-inverting input to the reference voltage.
Depending on your circuit, this can be earth ground or a reference voltage that's typically half the supply voltage. This connects the unused opamp as a unity gain buffer, so it's operating within the normal range and it can't do anything untoward. It is also capable of infinite gain without feedback, so there are no errors between the two inputs i.
The ideal opamp also has infinite bandwidth, no internal delay, and zero ohms output impedance. It is capable of supplying as much current as the load can draw, without the voltage being reduced at all. The ideal opamp does not exist. Although it does not exist, the ideal opamp is the common model for nearly all opamp circuits, and few errors are encountered in practice as a result of designing for the ideal, and actually using a real non-ideal device.
The tolerance of even the best resistors will ultimately limit the accuracy of any opamp circuit at low frequencies where gain is highest. This does not mean that any opamp can be used in any circuit - the designer is expected to be able to determine the optimum device for the task. Special consideration needs to be given to any opamp circuit that operates with very high or low impedance input or output.
Any opamp will function with no external load, but most can't deliver optimum performance into low impedances ohms or less. High input impedances usually require FET input opamps to minimise noise and DC offset caused by the input bias resistor. You also need to be careful with the amount of gain expected from a single stage, because the opamp can 'run out' of gain at high frequencies. There are many considerations for specialised circuitry, but most audio applications only demand low distortion not all opamps are equal!
The requirements also depend on the signal level - for example, using an 'ordinary' opamp for a moving coil phono cartridge will be disappointing! During the design phase, one of the tasks of the designer is to set up the reference, which is simply a connection that's common to both the input and the output. It only has to be within the bounds set by the power supplies and the device itself.
Depending on the design, it could be some other voltage - the opamp doesn't care as long as it's used within datasheet specifications. The primary practical limitations of real-world opamps are as follows: Input Impedance - Typically from one to several hundred Megohms. Ranges from 0. Power opamps IC power amplifiers may be capable of up to 10A, but these are outside the scope of this section of the article.
The use of ideal opamps is assumed for much of the following, but all are designed to function properly with real world devices. In practice the difference between an ideal opamp and the real thing are so small as to be ignored, but with one major exception - bandwidth. This is the one area where most opamps show their limitations, but once properly understood, it is quite easy to maintain a more than adequate frequency response from even basic opamps.
The common mode input voltage can be important in some applications. Ideally, an opamp only reacts to the voltage difference between its inputs. Provided this does not change, in theory, the actual voltage between the two inputs and the common zero volt line may be anywhere within the specified range with no change in the output voltage.
In other words, the inputs can assume any voltage between the negative and positive supplies, and there will be almost no change at the output. With a real as opposed to ideal opamp, there will be some change, and this is specified as the common mode rejection ratio.
An opamp with a CMRR of dB not uncommon will ensure that the change in output voltage is dB less than the change of input voltage as applied to both inputs simultaneously. Any difference between the inputs is amplified normally. CMRR is affected by the open loop gain of the opamp, so is usually worse at high frequencies. High common mode voltages can adversely affect distortion performance, but rarely to the point of it becoming audible.
While Rule 1 states that the opamp will try to make both inputs the same voltage, this can only apply if the opamp's gain is infinite. Rule 1 remains valid unless you are trying to make the opamp do something 'interesting'. In many academic papers, you'll find formulae that take the opamp's open-loop gain i. For practical applications this is not necessary. If a stage has an open-loop gain of and is configured for a gain of 10 with feedback, the gain will be 9.
With an open-loop gain of 10, 80dB , the gain is 9. These criteria apply in all feedback topologies, so it's rarely necessary to consider the open-loop gain A more-or-less 'typical' opamp will have more than enough gain available to ensure that the fain you set with external resistors is within the tolerance of the resistors. These are intended as linear amplifiers, in that they are essentially distortion free within the capabilities of the opamp itself, of course.
As we progress, most of these original circuits will be seen over and over again, since they are the very foundations of building an audio circuit using opamps. In all cases, a dual power supply is assumed, and this is not shown on the circuits. This partly for clarity, since the additional circuitry makes the diagrams harder to understand, and partly because it is a convention not to show all the supply connections anyway.
We all know they have to be there, so there is little point in showing the obvious over and over again. Likewise, bypass capacitors and other support components are not shown - only the basic opamp and its associated components. You will also see reference to the 'instantaneous value of the AC waveform'.
This is like a snapshot, and we simply freeze time while we analyse the operation of the circuit. At any point in an AC waveform, it can have only one value of voltage and current, regardless of the complexity of the signal source. A sinewave is no different from any other signal - provided its amplitude and frequency are within the capabilities of the opamp.
I will therefore use this as a starting point, because it is also the simplest to understand. Figure 3 shows a completely conventional non-inverting opamp voltage amplifier. Figure 3 - Non-Inverting Opamp Amplifier Rin is the input resistor, and is needed because an opamp needs a reference voltage at the input. In this case the reference voltage is the zero volt earth bus. Input impedance is equal to the value of Rin in parallel with the opamp input impedance. Generally the latter can be ignored because it is so high.
As shown in the diagram, the gain is 11 times, so a mV input will become a 1. This is obtained from the simple voltage divider formula, which is strangely familiar A signal at 10MHz will not follow the rule, since the opamp will almost certainly be incapable of amplifying such a high frequency. Likewise, an 8 ohm load will break the rule, since the opamp cannot supply the current needed to drive such a load.
To see how the opamp behaves in these abnormal conditions, I suggest that the circuit be built, and run the tests if you have access to an oscilloscope. Examine the inputs as well as the output, since the inputs are by far the most interesting when the opamp is appearing to break the Rules.
A single valve or transistor stage other than a cathode or emitter follower buffer stage always inverts the signal, and this is how it must be see Amplifier Basics - How Amps Work for more info. With the advent of the opamp, all this changed, and the inverting amp is a very different beast from the simple discrete designs. This configuration is also called a virtual earth or virtual ground stage, and is common in mixing consoles and many other signal processing circuits.
When used in this mode there is both an advantage and a disadvantage. The advantage is that there is no common mode signal at the inputs because the two inputs will be at close to zero volts. All opamps have some additional distortion with high common mode voltages, and while it's rarely a real problem, it can reduce performance if you need ultra-low distortion.
The disadvantage is that the circuit has a higher 'noise gain' than an equivalent non-inverting stage. For a unity gain buffer, the noise will be double that of a non-inverting stage. Inverting stages should never be used for ultra low noise circuits. Assume an input of mV DC. The output will be at -1V DC, a gain of the minus indicates only that it is inverting, not that the circuit has 'negative gain' which is actually a loss.
Note that this configuration is capable of negative gain loss. The current through the feedback resistor must be exactly equal and opposite to ensure that zero volts is at the -in terminal so we don't break Rule 1. As before with the non-inverting amp, the limitations of the opamp and its supply may cause Rule 1 to be broken, but the amp is now no longer operating in its linear mode, and Rule 2 will take over.
Observation of the -in terminal will show a distorted waveform when the opamp can no longer operate in linear mode. Using R3 and R4 means that a higher input impedance can be used, but with a somewhat reduced noise penalty due to very high resistances in the feedback circuit.
The circuit shown has a gain of The high value feedback resistor creates noise see Noise In Audio Amplifiers for details. By using the arrangement shown, resistor values are reduced and so too is their noise contribution. It is a little harder to calculate the gain. It's really only a simple formula that can be reconstructed from its constituent parts easily enough once you see and understand the relationships.
Assume an input of 1V peak or DC , and note that R2 is effectively in parallel with R4 the opamp's input is at zero volts. Provided R1 is equal to R2, the gain is Therefore, the output must be While this arrangement is a little more convoluted than just using a k feedback resistor, it does provide a worthwhile noise improvement.
There's nothing you can do to increase the input impedance, other than increasing the values of R1 and R2. It's more irksome to calculate the gain if R1 and R2 are not equal, but it can be done, and I leave it to the reader to figure that out. In general, there's usually no good reason to make these resistances different, because the majority of the gain will usually be set using R3 and R4. If a high input impedance inverter is necessary, it's better to use a non-inverting buffer before the inverting stage so all resistance values can be minimised.
Used in the way shown in Figure 4A, the opamp's own noise is amplified by Distortion will be unacceptably high, and the end result is not worthy of further consideration. Figure 5 - A Inverting and B Non-Inverting Buffer In many cases the non-inverting buffer can be replaced by an emitter or source follower, but performance is nowhere near as good. Input impedance is lower, output impedance is higher, and the gain is not quite unity. In addition there is more distortion and lower output drive capability, as well as higher quiescent current.
The inverting buffer is more of a convenience than anything else, and is simply a normal inverting amplifier with unity gain. Input impedance is the same as R1, and very high values are not possible without excessive circuit noise. The inverting buffer also suffers from an increased 'noise gain' amplification of the IC's own internal noise. This is because the signal has unity gain, but IC input noise has a gain of 2.
In fact, all inverting opamp stages have a noise gain that's equal to the voltage gain plus one. For example, an inverting stage with a gain of 10 has a noise gain of Noise is a separate topic, and is discussed in detail in the article ' Noise in Audio Amplifiers '.
In AC circuits this is easily eliminated by using capacitors at the input, output or both. The amount of DC offset depends on many factors, but it's present with almost all devices. The only exceptions are 'chopper stabilised' types, which use internal switching to eliminate any DC component that is not due to the input voltage. These are specialised opamps, and aren't covered here. A common claim is that the non-inverting input should have a resistor either to ground or a low-impedance DC signal that requires amplification.
Unfortunately, many people will maintain and they are usually wrong that the resistor should be the same value as the feedback resistor i. In reality, the resistance should be calculated by using the opamp's data sheet information for bias current, but you can get an approximation by using the same value as the input resistor.
However, this is still not the real answer - there are many factors that affect the final result. The optimum value can be found empirically by experimentation on the workbench or by calculation, with the latter being the most difficult. Some opamps have pins designed for connection to a DC offset trimpot, and while this definitely works or the facility wouldn't be provided , it's something that has to be adjusted when the circuit is built.
As a very rough guide, the DC offset 'compensation' resistor will be close to the value of the feedback resistor and resistor to ground in parallel. For example, with Figure 5A, the non-inverting input should be connected to ground via a 5k resistor. This will usually but not always have a parallel capacitor to prevent excess noise, and the cap should have a reactance of less than 5k at the lowest frequency of interest for the Figure 5A circuit only.
JFET input opamps have a definite advantage here. However, this may not be the case with some configurations, and measurements are essential. It is not my intention to try to describe the issues in detail, nor delve deeply into the maths involved.
Where very low DC offset is needed, you will have to select the opamp for the task, and either experiment or calculate the optimum resistor values yourself. Many application notes cover this in almost excruciating detail, and I won't do that here. Suffice to say, this is important if you are amplifying DC typically in measurement applications , but for audio it is almost irrelevant because the DC component is easily removed with a capacitor.
It is not possible to cover all the different circuits that have been made using opamps, since there are so many that I could easily end up with the world's longest web page. I doubt that this would be appreciated by most of you. Appropriate design of the feedback network can alleviate problems associated with input bias currents and common-mode gain, as explained below. The heuristic rule is to ensure that the impedance "looking out" of each input terminal is identical.
To the extent that the input bias currents do not match, there will be an effective input offset voltage present, which can lead to problems in circuit performance. Many commercial op-amp offerings provide a method for tuning the operational amplifier to balance the inputs e. Alternatively, a tunable external voltage can be added to one of the inputs in order to balance out the offset effect.
In cases where a design calls for one input to be short-circuited to ground, that short circuit can be replaced with a variable resistance that can be tuned to mitigate the offset problem. Operational amplifiers using MOSFET -based input stages have input leakage currents that will be, in many designs, negligible.
Power supply effects[ edit ] Although power supplies are not indicated in the simplified operational amplifier designs below, they are nonetheless present and can be critical in operational amplifier circuit design. Supply noise[ edit ] Power supply imperfections e.
For example, operational amplifiers have a specified power supply rejection ratio that indicates how well the output can reject signals that appear on the power supply inputs. Power supply inputs are often noisy in large designs because the power supply is used by nearly every component in the design, and inductance effects prevent current from being instantaneously delivered to every component at once. As a consequence, when a component requires large injections of current e.
This problem can be mitigated with appropriate use of bypass capacitors connected across each power supply pin and ground. When bursts of current are required by a component, the component can bypass the power supply by receiving the current directly from the nearby capacitor which is then slowly recharged by the power supply.
Chapter 6 The Operational Amplifier.
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Note that while the inverting amp can have a gain less than one for handy signal scaling, the non-inverting amp must have a gain of at least one. Can gain be more than 1? A gain greater than one greater than zero dB , that is amplification, is the defining property of an active component or circuit, while a passive circuit will have a gain of less than one.
Which amplifier has less than unity gain? Figure 5. The gain is thus in phase and slightly less than unity. The output impedance of the CC amplifier can be substantially less than the output impedance of the driving signal source. What is power gain for? The term Power gain is most commonly used when the transistor is used as an amplifier. In a single line power gain can be expressed as the ratio of output power to the Input Power. Complete answer: It can also be said the power gain is the product of voltage gain and current gain.
Which of the following is the disadvantage of op-amp? The disadvantage of the Op-amp is designed for low-power operation only, not suitable for high output, and requires passive components. The applications of the op-amp are voltage comparator, Schmitt trigger, triangle wave oscillator, differentiator, and integrator. Do you need an op amp in an amplifier? An op-amp is not required. Given the minimal requirements given, a voltage divider will do.
How is an op amp used as a unity gain amplifier? You can learn more about Op-amps by following our Op-amp circuits section. An op-amp has two differential input pins and an output pin along with power pins. Those two differential input pins are inverting pin or Negative and Non-inverting pin or Positive. An op-amp amplifies the difference in voltage between this two input pins and provides the amplified output across its Vout or output pin.
Depending on the input type, op-amp can be classified as Inverting or Non-inverting. In this tutorial, we will learn how to use op-amp in noninverting configuration. In the non-inverting configuration, the input signal is applied across the non-inverting input terminal Positive terminal of the op-amp. As we discussed before, Op-amp needs feedback to amplify the input signal. This is generally achieved by applying a small part of the output voltage back to the inverting pin In case of non-inverting configuration or in the non-inverting pin In case of inverting pin , using a voltage divider network.
Non-inverting Operational Amplifier Configuration In the upper image, an op-amp with Non-inverting configuration is shown. The signal which is needed to be amplified using the op-amp is feed into the positive or Non-inverting pin of the op-amp circuit, whereas a Voltage divider using two resistors R1 and R2 provide the small part of the output to the inverting pin of the op-amp circuit. These two resistors are providing required feedback to the op-amp.
In an ideal condition, the input pin of the op-amp will provide high input impedance and the output pin will be in low output impedance. The amplification is dependent on those two feedback resistors R1 and R2 connected as the voltage divider configuration. Due to this, and as the Vout is dependent on the feedback network, we can calculate the closed loop voltage gain as below.
Also, the gain will be positive and it cannot be in negative form. The gain is directly dependent on the ratio of Rf and R1. Now, Interesting thing is, if we put the value of feedback resistor or Rf as 0, the gain will be 1 or unity.
And if the R1 becomes 0, then the gain will be infinity. But it is only possible theoretically. In reality, it is widely dependent on the op-amp behavior and open-loop gain. Op-amp can also be used two add voltage input voltage as summing amplifier. Practical Example of Non-inverting Amplifier We will design a non-inverting op-amp circuit which will produce 3x voltage gain at the output comparing the input voltage.
We will make a 2V input in the op-amp. We will configure the op-amp in noninverting configuration with 3x gain capabilities. We selected the R1 resistor value as 1.
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