The OPAx990 uses a unique input architecture to eliminate the requirement for input protection diodes but still provides robust input protection under transient conditions. Figure 7-1 shows conventional input diode protection schemes that are activated by fast transient step responses and introduce signal distortion and settling time delays because of alternate current paths, as shown in Figure 7-2. For low-gain circuits, these fast-ramping input signals forward-bias back-to-back diodes, causing an increase in input current and resulting in extended settling time.
The OPAx990 family of operational amplifiers provides a true high-impedance differential input capability for high-voltage applications using a patented input protection architecture that does not introduce additional signal distortion or delayed settling time, making the device an optimal op amp for multichannel, high-switched, input applications. The OPA990 tolerates a maximum differential swing (voltage between inverting and non-inverting pins of the op amp) of up to 40 V, making the device suitable for use as a comparator or in applications with fast-ramping input signals such as data-acquisition systems; see the TI TechNote MUX-Friendly Precision Operational Amplifiers for more information.