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Op Amps for Everyone, 3rd Edition by Bruce Carter

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Chapter 13. Understanding Op Amp Parameters
Bruce Carter
13.1. Introduction
This chapter is about op amp data sheet parameters. There are usually three main sections of electrical tables in op amp data sheets.
Absolute maximum ratings are those limits beyond which the life of individual devices may be impaired and are never to be exceeded in service or testing. Limits, by definition, are maximum ratings, so if double ended limits are specified, the term is defined as a range (e.g., operating temperature range).
Recommended operating conditions have a similarity to maximum ratings, in that operation outside the stated limits could cause unsatisfactory performance. Recommended operating conditions, however, do not carry the implication of device damage ...

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