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Circuit Design: Know It All by Bob Zeidman, Tim Williams, Robert Pease, Walt Kester, Ian Hickman, Bonnie Baker, Darren Ashby

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Chapter 19

Op-Amps

Darren Ashby, Bruce Carter, Ron Mancini, Tim Williams and Bonnie Baker

19.1 The Magical Mysterious Op-Amp

An operational amplifier, often called an op-amp, in my opinion, are probably the misunderstood, yet potentially useful IC at the engineer’s disposal. It makes sense that if you can understand this device you can put it to use, giving you a great advantage in designing successful products.

19.1.1 What is an Op-Amp Really?

Do you understand how an op-amp works? Would you believe that op-amps were designed to make it easier to create a circuit? You probably didn’t think that the last time you were puzzling over a misbehaving breadboard in the lab.

In today’s digital world, it seems to be common practice to breeze over the topic ...

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