[sdiy] Linear current source - temperature compensation?

Justin Owen juzowen at gmail.com
Mon Nov 14 20:17:17 CET 2016

I went with the adapted Electronotes design because I'm using the full, temperature compensated exponential version on another project - it seemed like a good idea to stick with one circuit that I knew worked.

The linear version I'm using is driving a VCA - so it's not pitch critical and I'm not seeing any temperature effects under normal use (unless e.g. I hold the circuit under a heater or some such...)

...but I was still curious if there was the possibility of temperature compensation on the linear parts.


/ J   

-----Original Message-----
From: Nathan Trites [nathan at idmclassics.net]
Received: 12.11.2016 18:37:15
To: Justin Owen
Cc: SDIY List
Subject: Re: [sdiy] Linear current source - temperature compensation?

Is there any reason for sticking with the electronotes design? If the
tempcos are only there to compensate for the temperature effect of the
transistors, if you do away with the transistor pair altogether theres no
reason for them.

- N

On Sat, Nov 12, 2016 at 8:29 AM, Justin Owen <juzowen at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello,
> The classic Electronotes current source has a linear input. It's possible
> to chop out some of the exponential parts and just have a linear current
> source based on that design - however, you lose the two standard Tempco
> placement positions.
> So - is it possible to temperature compensate a linear-only current source?
> 1) Please ignore the component values...
> 2) I'm assuming the same temperature variation/dependance exists in the
> linear version...
> http://www.sdiy.org/juz/source_exp.png - exponential
> http://www.sdiy.org/juz/source_lin.png - adapted to linear only
> Thanks,
> / Justin
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