SBOS622A July   2018  – October 2018 OPA855


  1. Features
  2. Applications
  3. Description
    1.     Device Images
      1.      High-Speed Time-of-Flight Receiver
      2.      Photodiode Capacitance vs Bandwidth and Noise
  4. Revision History
  5. Device Comparison Table
  6. Pin Configuration and Functions
    1.     Pin Functions
  7. Specifications
    1. 7.1 Absolute Maximum Ratings
    2. 7.2 ESD Ratings
    3. 7.3 Recommended Operating Conditions
    4. 7.4 Thermal Information
    5. 7.5 Electrical Characteristics
    6. 7.6 Typical Characteristics
  8. Parameter Measurement Information
    1. 8.1 Parameter Measurement Information
  9. Detailed Description
    1. 9.1 Overview
    2. 9.2 Functional Block Diagram
    3. 9.3 Feature Description
      1. 9.3.1 Input and ESD Protection
      2. 9.3.2 Feedback Pin
      3. 9.3.3 Wide Gain-Bandwidth Product
      4. 9.3.4 Slew Rate and Output Stage
    4. 9.4 Device Functional Modes
      1. 9.4.1 Split-Supply and Single-Supply Operation
      2. 9.4.2 Power-Down Mode
  10. 10Application and Implementation
    1. 10.1 Application Information
    2. 10.2 Typical Application
      1. 10.2.1 Design Requirements
      2. 10.2.2 Detailed Design Procedure
      3. 10.2.3 Application Curves
  11. 11Power Supply Recommendations
  12. 12Layout
    1. 12.1 Layout Guidelines
    2. 12.2 Layout Example
  13. 13Device and Documentation Support
    1. 13.1 Device Support
      1. 13.1.1 Development Support
    2. 13.2 Documentation Support
      1. 13.2.1 Related Documentation
    3. 13.3 Receiving Notification of Documentation Updates
    4. 13.4 Community Resources
    5. 13.5 Trademarks
    6. 13.6 Electrostatic Discharge Caution
    7. 13.7 Glossary
  14. 14Mechanical, Packaging, and Orderable Information

Package Options

Mechanical Data (Package|Pins)
Thermal pad, mechanical data (Package|Pins)
Orderable Information

Layout Example

OPA855 OPA858_Layout.gifFigure 59. Layout Recommendation

When configuring the OPA855 as a transimpedance amplifier additional care must be taken to minimize the inductance between the avalanche photodiode (APD) and the amplifier. Always place the photodiode on the same side of the PCB as the amplifier. Placing the amplifier and the APD on opposite sides of the PCB increases the parasitic effects due to via inductance. APD packaging can be quite large which often requires the APD to be placed further away from the amplifier than ideal. The added distance between the two device results in increased inductance between the APD and op amp feedback network as shown in Figure 60. The added inductance is detrimental to a decompensated amplifiers stability since it isolates the APD capacitance from the noise gain transfer function. The noise gain is given by Equation 2. The added PCB trace inductance between the feedback network increases the denominator in Equation 2 thereby reducing the noise gain and the phase margin. In cases where a leaded APD in a TO can is used inductance should be further minimized by cutting the leads of the TO can as short as possible.

The layout shown in Figure 60 can be improved by following some of the guidelines shown in Figure 61. The two key rules to follow are:

  • Add an isolation resistor RISO as close as possible to the inverting input of the amplifier. Select the value of RISO to be between 10 Ω and 20 Ω. The resistor dampens the potential resonance caused by the trace inductance and the amplifiers internal capacitance.
  • Close the loop between the feedback elements (RF and CF) and RISO as close to the APD pins as possible. This ensures a more balanced layout and reduces the inductive isolation between the APD and the feedback network.

Equation 2. OPA855 Eq_NG_Layout.gif


  • ZF is the total impedance of the feedback network.
  • ZIN is the total impedance of the input network.
OPA855 TIALayout_OPA85x.gifFigure 60. Non-Ideal TIA Layout
OPA855 LayoutTrick_OPA85x.gifFigure 61. Improved TIA Layout