I am using the AD8429B for a low noise LED current sensing application. I have a decent analysis and measurement where I calculate the noise and measure the noise. The problem is I get discrepancies.

For both the noise analysis and measurements, I shorted and grounded the inputs of the device and removed any load on the output.

Note: I assume the source and current noise are essentially zero because of the shorted and grounded input.

So I am expecting about 150 nV/rtHz at 1 kHz and probably pretty flat out to higher frequencies based on the curves shown in the datasheet.

I created the circuit shown in the top figure and measured the output with a 24 bit spectrum analyzer and a low noise pre amplifier set with a gain of 100 and a resolution bandwidth of 100 Hz. I basically created a noise spectral density vs frequency plot of the output.

using the same settings, I also measured the noise of two metal foil resistors to check that my math corrections for the resolution bandwidth, gain, and the change from high impedance to 50 Ohm impedance were all correct. The two resistors measured were 20K Ohm and 2 K ohm with 18 nV/rt Hz and 5.7 nV/rtHz .Both resistors measured pretty accurately but the AD8429 was considerably higher than these expected values.

I just dont see where the problem is? Maybe I am missing something in the theoretical calculations, my measurements are wrong, or the datasheet is incorrect.

Does anyone have any similar measurements?

thanks,

Chris

A little more information for other people facing a similar problem. I was able to get my output noise measurement down to 162 nV/rtHz ( I had some extra resistance at the input that wasnt exactly matching the circuit above).

I also noticed the datasheet for the AD8229 which looks to be the same as the AD8429 but with a higher temperature tolerance.

Well the datasheet for the AD8229 is at Rev B and and datasheet for the AD8429 is at rev 0. The AD8229 lists the nominal input noise at 1.0 nV and 1.1 nV for maximum.

With my measurement, the calculated input noise is right at 1.16 nV/rt Hz which im calling close enough.

So the datasheet for the AD8429 needs to be updated and is probably a little bit wrong about the input noise, unless someone can tell me otherwise why the AD8229 input noise would be different than the AD8429.

A little more information for other people facing a similar problem. I was able to get my output noise measurement down to 162 nV/rtHz ( I had some extra resistance at the input that wasnt exactly matching the circuit above).

I also noticed the datasheet for the AD8229 which looks to be the same as the AD8429 but with a higher temperature tolerance.

Well the datasheet for the AD8229 is at Rev B and and datasheet for the AD8429 is at rev 0. The AD8229 lists the nominal input noise at 1.0 nV and 1.1 nV for maximum.

With my measurement, the calculated input noise is right at 1.16 nV/rt Hz which im calling close enough.

So the datasheet for the AD8429 needs to be updated and is probably a little bit wrong about the input noise, unless someone can tell me otherwise why the AD8229 input noise would be different than the AD8429.