[sdiy] Learning about current sinks and sources

Tim Ressel timr at circuitabbey.com
Tue Mar 3 17:33:46 CET 2015


Ic Op-Amp Cookbook by Walter G. Jung is another good source for this, and a wealth of op amp info in general.

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Tim Ressel
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From: Tom Wiltshire <tom at electricdruid.net>
To: synthdiy diy <Synth-diy at synth-diy.org> 
Sent: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 3:16 AM
Subject: [sdiy] Learning about current sinks and sources


Hi All,

Can someone recommend a good site where I could learn about current sinks and sources?

I've seen several different designs and derivations. Some are set up as sinks, some as sources, some inverting, some non-inverting, etc etc. It makes it hard to see what's going on.

I'd like to be able to take an op-amp and a transistor (2N3904/2N3906) and design a sink/source for a particular job, so I need to know how to get the component values I need. For example, with a 0-5V input, how do I organise a 4-20mA output? (Just to choose an example which must have been done lots of times). For something more synthy, how about a 0-5V input and a 0-1mA current for the Ibias pin of a LM13700?
Currently I can't answer questions like this myself, and I'd like to know how to.

Thanks,
Tom

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