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DOUBLE THE OUTPUT CURRENT TO A LOAD
WITH THE DUAL OPA2604 AUDIO OP AMP
By Morgan Monks
supplied by A1 is matched by the current I2, the output
current of A2. The load will receive a total current of I1 + I2.
The ratio between the output currents, I1 and I2, is equal to:
Headphones typically have an impedance of 40Ω to 300Ω.
By using the dual OPA2604 and four resistors one can
economically drive a 2.8V peak signal into the 40Ω headphones.
I2 = I1 (R3/R4)
Figure 1 illustrates a circuit that can be used to drive loads
that exceed the output current capabilities of an operational
amplifier, but not enough to require the use of a power
operational amplifier. The OPA2604 used in this application
is a dual, FET-input operational amplifier that can typically
sink or source 35mA on the output. By taking advantage of
the fact that the OPA2604 is a dual, this circuit will sink or
source 70mA. In addition, each operational amplifier has its
own short circuit protection of ±40mA (typ), which makes
the overall typical short circuit current of this application
±80mA.
Resistors R3 and R4 are set equal for equal output currents.
Resistors R1 and R2 set the overall gain of the circuit. The
transfer function is:
VOUT = VIN (1 + R2/R1)
The OPA2604 is a dual, FET-input operational amplifier
designed for enhanced AC performance. Very low distortion, low noise and wide bandwidth provide superior performance in high quality audio applications. The OPA2604 is
available is plastic 8-pin DIP and plastic 8-pin SOIC.
One side of the dual OPA2604, A2, is in the feedback loop
of the other side of the dual, A1. The current, I1, which is
1/2 OPA2604
A2
I2
1/2 OPA2604
R3
51Ω
R4
51Ω
A1
VIN
IL = I1 + I2
R2
I1
VOUT
Load
R1
FIGURE 1. Using the Dual OPA2604 Op Amp to Double the Output Current to a Load.
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1993 Burr-Brown Corporation
AB-051
Printed in U.S.A. March, 1993