Hi,

I need to drive a laser at ~12-14 mA DC, the laser has an impedance of ~163 ohms. The maximum allowed drift is +/-0.6 mA.

We have been looking at ad420, but I have some questions to insure the it is suitable for our application.

- Is the output impedance of it is suitable for my use?
- If not can you recommend an op amp that can lower the output impedance?
- Is it able to hold a constant DC level over long over a long period of time

Hope you can help

Hi!

To answer your questions, the output impedance of the AD420 in current mode is 25MΩ which is suitable when you compare the 163Ω impedance of your LASER. The part has a maximum offset drift of 50ppm/°C and a maximum total output error drift of 50ppm/°C.

If you are concerned about the drift, you may want to use the external boost function of the part as it can reduce the amount of temperature induced drift in the part. This will minimize the temperature induced drift of the on-chip voltage reference, which improves drift and linearity.

Thank you for considering the AD420. ADI is offering an alternative part which is the AD5420. The AD5420 has higher output impedance in current mode (50MΩ). More details can be seen in the data sheet.

Regards,

Mark