Op Amps for Everyone

4th Edition

Authors: Bruce Carter
Paperback ISBN: 9780123914958
eBook ISBN: 9780123944061
Imprint: Newnes
Published Date: 11th January 2013
Page Count: 304
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Op Amps for Everyone is an indispensable guide and reference for designing circuits that are reliable, have low power consumption, and are as small and low-cost as possible. Operational amplifiers are essential in modern electronics design, and are used in medical devices, communications technology, optical networks, and sensor interfacing.

This book is informed by the authors' years of experience, wisdom and expertise, giving engineers all the methods, techniques and tricks that they need to optimize their analog electronic designs.

With this book you will learn:

  • Single op amp designs that get the most out of every amplifier
  • Which specifications are of most importance to your design, enabling you to narrow down the list of amplifiers to those few that are most suitable
  • Strategies for making simple "tweaks" to the design – changes that are often apparent once a prototype has been constructed
  • How to design for hostile environments – extreme temperatures, high levels of shock, vibration, and radiation – by knowing what circuit parameters are likely to degrade and how to counteract that degradation

New to this edition:

  • Unified design procedures for gain and offset circuits, and filter circuits
  • Techniques for voltage regulator design
  • Inclusion of design utilities for filter design, gain and offset, and voltage regulation
  • Analysis of manufacturer design aids
  • Companion website with downloadable material

Key Features

  • A complete, cookbook-style guide for designing and building analog circuits
  • A multitude of workable designs that are ready to use, based on real-world component values from leading manufacturers using readily available components
  • A treasure trove of practical wisdom: strategies to tweak a design; guidelines for developing the entire signal chain; designing for hostile environments, and more


Electronic engineers and designers, electronics technicians, engineering students and electronics hobbyists.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

List of Abbreviations

Chapter 1. The Op Amp’s Place in the World

1.1 An Unbounded Gain Problem

1.2 The Solution

1.3 The Birth of the Op Amp as a Component


Chapter 2. Review of Op Amp Basics

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Basic Concepts

2.3 Basic Op Amp Circuits

2.4 Not So Fast!

Chapter 3. Separating and Managing AC and DC Gain

3.1 A Small Complication

3.2 Single Supply versus Dual Supply

3.3 Simultaneous Equations

3.4 So, Where to Now?

3.5 A Design Procedure, and a Design Aid

3.6 Summary

Chapter 4. Different Types of Op Amps

4.1 Voltage Feedback Op Amps

4.2 Uncompensated/Undercompensated Voltage Feedback Op Amps

4.3 Current Feedback Op Amps

4.4 Fully Differential Op Amps

4.5 Instrumentation Amplifier

4.6 Difference Amplifier

4.7 Buffer Amplifiers

4.8 Other Types of Op Amps

Chapter 5. Interfacing a Transducer to an Analog-to-Digital Converter

5.1 Introduction

5.2 System Information

5.3 Power Supply Information

5.4 Input Signal Characteristics

5.5 Analog-to-Digital Converter Characteristics

5.6 Interface Characteristics

5.7 Architectural Decisions

5.8 Conclusions

Chapter 6. Active Filter Design Techniques

6.1 Introduction

6.2 The Transfer Equation Method

6.3 Fast, Practical Filter Design

6.4 High-Speed Filter Design

6.5 Getting the Most Out of a Single Op Amp

6.6 Biquad Filters

6.7 Design Aids

6.8 Summary

Chapter 7. Using Op Amps for Radio frequency Design

7.1 Introduction

7.2 Voltage Feedback or Current Feedback?

7.3 Radio frequency Amplifier Topology

7.4 Op Amp Parameters for Radio frequency Designers

7.5 Wireless Systems</P


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About the Author

Bruce Carter

Bruce Carter holds dual degrees, Engineering Physics from Texas Tech University, and Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas. He has over 30 years of experience in analog design for military and oil field service companies. He was an applications engineer at Texas Instruments for 9 years, where he authored application notes, contributed articles, and knowledge base FAQ's.

Affiliations and Expertise

Analog Signal Chain and Power Supply Specialist, Weatherford International, Texas, USA