SBOS848B December 2017 – October 2019 INA381
With a small amount of additional circuitry, the INA381 can be used in circuits subject to transients greater than 26 V. Use only Zener diodes or Zener-type transient absorbers (sometimes referred to as transorbs)—any other type of transient absorber has an unacceptable time delay. Start by adding a pair of resistors as shown in Figure 47 as a working impedance for the Zener diode. Keep these resistors as small as possible; most often approximately 10 Ω. Larger values can be used with an effect on gain that is discussed in the Input Filteringsection. This circuit limits only short-term transients and, therefore, many applications are satisfied with a 10-Ω resistor along with conventional Zener diodes of the lowest acceptable power rating. This combination uses the least amount of board space. These diodes can be found in packages as small as SOT-523 or SOD-523.
In the event that low-power Zener diodes do not have sufficient transient absorption capability, use a higher-power transorb. Figure 47 shows that the most package-efficient solution involves using a single transorb and back-to-back diodes between the device inputs. The most space-efficient solutions are dual, series-connected diodes in a single SOT-523 or SOD-523 package. In either of the examples provided in Figure 47 and Figure 48, the total board area required by the INA381 with all protective components is less than that of an SOIC-8 package, and only slightly greater than that of a VSSOP-8 package.