5/19/16: Fundamentals of Operational Amplifiers

I seem to use either ICs or transistors and not op-amps. Are there uses beyond analog to digital operations?

  • I'm a little confused by this question, but I'll give it a try.   All op-amps are actually ICs, so you may very well be using op amps already.  Also, op amps are built up from transistors.   In numbers, not counting computer memory chips, op amps might be the most used ICs, especially in anything involved with data acquisition and sensors.   Op amps prepare and manipulate the signal, and often provide the drive signal into an analog-to-digital converter.

    Here is a more complete reference to op amps:

    Op Amp Applications Handbook