The LPV801 (single) and LPV802 (dual) series nanoPower CMOS operational amplifiers are designed for long-life battery-powered and energy harvested applications. They operate on a single supply with operation as low as 1.6V. The output is rail-to-rail and swings to within 3.5mV of the supplies with a 100kΩ load. The common-mode range extends to the negative supply making it ideal for single-supply applications. EMI protection has been employed internally to reduce the effects of EMI.
Parameters that vary significantly with operating voltages or temperature are shown in the Typical Characteristics curves.
The amplifier's differential inputs consist of a non-inverting input (+IN) and an inverting input (–IN). The amplifer amplifies only the difference in voltage between the two inputs, which is called the differential input voltage. The output voltage of the op-amp VOUT is given by Equation 1:
The input common-mode voltage range of the LPV80x extends from (V-) to (V+) – 0.9 V. In this range, low offset can be expected with a minimum of 80dB CMRR. The LPV80x is protected from output "inversions" or "reversals".
The LPV80x output voltage swings 3.5 mV from rails at 1.8 V supply, which provides the maximum possible dynamic range at the output. This is particularly important when operating on low supply voltages.
The LPV80x Maximum Output Voltage Swing graph defines the maximum swing possible under a particular output load.
When designing for ultralow power, choose system feedback components carefully. To minimize quiecent current consumption, select large-value feedback resistors. Any large resistors will react with stray capacitance in the circuit and the input capacitance of the operational amplifier. These parasitic RC combinations can affect the stability of the overall system. A feedback capacitor may be required to assure stability and limit overshoot or gain peaking.
When possible, use AC coupling and AC feedback to reduce static current draw through the feedback elements. Use film or ceramic capacitors since large electolytics may have large static leakage currents in the nanoamps.
The LPV80x is internally compensated for stable unity gain operation, with a 8 kHz typical gain bandwidth. However, the unity gain follower is the most sensitive configuration to capacitive load. The combination of a capacitive load placed directly on the output of an amplifier along with the amplifier’s output impedance creates a phase lag, which reduces the phase margin of the amplifier. If the phase margin is significantly reduced, the response will be under damped which causes peaking in the transfer and, when there is too much peaking, the op amp might start oscillating.
In order to drive heavy (>50pF) capacitive loads, an isolation resistor, RISO, should be used, as shown in Figure 37. By using this isolation resistor, the capacitive load is isolated from the amplifier’s output. The larger the value of RISO, the more stable the amplifier will be. If the value of RISO is sufficiently large, the feedback loop will be stable, independent of the value of CL. However, larger values of RISO result in reduced output swing and reduced output current drive. The recommended value for RISO is 30-50kΩ.