Discrete OpAmps

Designing and building discrete operational amplifiers is a fascinating business for me. Although IC technology is mature, there are still situations where discrete design beats ICs—typical advantages of discrete amplifiers are potentially high supply voltages, high maximum dissipation, much extended options with respect to choice of passive components and the possibility to tweak even the last bit of the amplifier for the task at hand. Here you’ll find several schematics and links about this topic.

918 Discrete OpAmp

918_documentation.pdf

With the great help of Steven Hogan (www.soundsteward.com) and Larry Hathaway (www.jensen-transformers.com) I’m able to provide this unique documentation. The 918 was designed by Deane Jensen and is the predecessor of the famous 990.

SGA-SOA-1 Simple Discrete Operation Amplifier

SGA-SOA-1_documentation.pdf

A simple yet well performing and widely proofen circuit designed by me. Provided with a 2520 style footprint and comprehensive documentation. Some pictures to check out. The typical specifications for RL = 600 Ω and Vsupply = ±18 V:

Gerber files for this design can be downloaded here: SGA-SOA-1_r1.zip

SGA-SOA-2 Simple Discrete Operation Amplifier

SGA-SOA-2_r1.pdf

The successor of the SGA-SOA-1 which is now fully tested. Improvements have been made mainly regarding slew-rate, gain-bandwidth product and CMRR; all this at the same parts count and quiescent current. The typical specifications for RL = 600 Ω and Vsupply = ±18 V:

R6 should be altered for lower supply voltages to maintain the 1.6 mA bias current through D3/D4. Suggested values are 18 kΩ (±15 V), 15 kΩ (±12 V) and 12 kΩ (±10 V).

A US-based distributor offers bare PCBs, kits and assembled/tested modules of this design. Please contact me () for details if interested!

SGA-HVA-1 High Voltage Discrete Operational Amplifier

SGA-HVA-1_r1.pdf

A discrete opamp for high supply voltages, fully tested. This is a general-purpose opamp which will perform very well in various implementations. The typical specifications for RL = 600 Ω and Vsupply = ±40 V:

R6 should be altered for lower supply voltages to maintain the 1.6 mA bias current through D3/D4. Suggested values are 33 kΩ (±30 V), 27 kΩ (±24 V), 20 kΩ (±18 V), 16 kΩ (±15 V), 12 kΩ (±12 V) and 10 kΩ (±10 V).

SGA-LNA-1 Low Noise Discrete Operation Amplifier

SGA-LNA-1_r1.pdf

An opamp with very low voltage noise; typical applications include moving coil preamplifiers and noise measurement amplifiers. Stable at noise gains of about three and above. Fully tested. The typical specifications for RL = 600 Ω and Vsupply = ±24 V:

Links

The Philbrick Archive
Cool site with many pictures, datasheets and application notes from the grandfather of opamp manufacture.

990.pdf
Sales brochure with a lot of information about the 990 discrete operational amplifier.