TI’s LMV34x-N family of amplifiers have 1-MHz bandwidth, 1-V/µs slew rate, a rail-to-rail output stage, and consume only 100 µA of current per amplifier while active. When in shutdown mode it only consumes 45-pA supply consumption with only 20 fA of input bias current. Lastly, these operational amplifiers provide an input-referred voltage noise 29 nV√Hz (at 10 kHz).
This patented folded cascode stage has a combined class AB amplifier stage, which replaces the conventional folded cascode stage. Therefore, the class AB folded cascode stage runs at a much lower quiescent current compared to conventional-folded cascode stages. This results in significantly smaller offset and noise contributions. The reduced offset and noise contributions in turn reduce the offset voltage level and the voltage noise level at the input of LMV34x-N. Also the lower quiescent current results in a high open-loop gain for the amplifier. The lower quiescent current does not affect the slew rate of the amplifier nor its ability to handle the total current swing coming from the input stage.
The input voltage noise of the device at low frequencies, below 1 kHz, is slightly higher than devices with a BJT input stage; however, the PMOS input stage results in a much lower input bias current and the input voltage noise drops at frequencies above 1 kHz.
The LMV341-N is capable of being turned off to conserve power and increase battery life in portable devices. Once in shutdown mode the supply current is drastically reduced, 1-µA maximum, and the output is tri-stated.
The device is disabled when the shutdown pin voltage is pulled low. The shutdown pin must never be left unconnected. Leaving the pin floating results in an undefined operation mode and the device may oscillate between shutdown and active modes.
The LMV341-N typically turns on 2.8 µs after the shutdown voltage is pulled high. The device turns off in less than 400 ns after shutdown voltage is pulled low. Figure 41 and Figure 42 show the turnon and turnoff time of the LMV341-N, respectively. To reduce the effect of the capacitance added to the circuit by the scope probe, in the turnoff time circuit a resistive load of 600 Ω is added. Figure 43 and Figure 44 show the test circuits used to obtain the two plots.
LMV34x-N amplifiers have a PMOS input stage. As a result, they have a much lower input bias current than devices with BJT input stages. This feature makes these devices ideal for sensor circuits. A typical curve of the input bias current of the LMV341-N is shown in Figure 45.