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AD620 as a voltage to current converter

Question asked by Matt.Duff Employee on Feb 14, 2011
Latest reply on Feb 15, 2011 by Matt.Duff

Originally posted by peter@siemens in the EngineerZone feedback forum (before the Amplifier forum was live).

 

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We are trying to build avoltage to  current output stage for a new product with the above device. Input -5v  to +5v required output current -12.5mA to +12.5mA

 

A  colleague built a prototype unit based on the circuit in the data sheet  and the performance was very good. I laid out a board using SOIC  devices and the +ve performance was good but the -ve would only remain  stable to about 12.3mA after that, if set to 12.5, it would slowly decay  on what appears to be a temerature related factor as cooling the device  restores the output. I laid out a further board for PDIP parts and  tested these - again, negative output decays.

 

The  gain pins on the device are Open Circuit giving a gain of 1 and the  input scaling resistors are pretty low - 2k7 in series and 1k shunt.

 

One  theory I had - the input comes into pin 3 (non inverting) - Pin 2 is  grounded - should this go via a series resistor or shouldn't that make  any difference?

 

When I used the device from my colleagues prototype, it worked fine - swap back and the problem is still there.

 

Do you have any thoughts?

 

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