STMicroelectronics has introduced a family of high-speed operational amplifiers featuring very-low noise
and ultra-low power consumption, intended for logic analyzers, oscilloscopes, video drivers, imaging systems, and
battery-powered instrumentation. Using a high-speed BiCMOS technology and current-feedback architecture, the family
of op amps are produced in an advanced high volume BiCMOS process and offer exceptional performance at low
Of the current three devices in the family, one focuses on low-current and
high-bandwidth applications while the others target very-low-noise performance. The TSH310 requires just 400
microamps of quiescent current and achieves 130MHz bandwidth, which is a measure of the maximum small-signal speed
that can be handled effectively, and 115V/microsecond slew rate, which is a measure of the ability of a circuit to
pass a signal of high amplitude and high frequency. The higher the slew rate, the faster the system can adapt,
leading to lower signal distortion, which is important in highly dynamic applications.
The device, which
offers low power consumption, is available in the tiny SOT-23 package, ideal for compact portable applications, as
well as an SO-8 package. The TSH330 and TSH350 provide wide bandwidth and high slew rate – up to 1.1GHz and
1800V/microsecond in the TSH330 – with noise (Equivalent Input Noise Voltage) as low as 1.3nV/sqrtHz.
Reducing equipment power consumption has become a primary goal for designers and the TSH310 is
particularly suitable for high-speed battery-powered products requiring high dynamic performance. The op amp’s
typically low quiescent current is guaranteed to be less than 470 microamps by device testing, and input noise is
typically 7.5nv/sqrtHz. The output stage is optimized for driving high-speed ADC inputs, and has a linearity (SFDR)
of -87dBc for F=1MHz, -55dBc for F=10MHz (2Vp-p, 1-kOhm load).
high-end equipment demanding very wide bandwidth and excellent noise performance, the TSH330 provides unity-gain
bandwidth of 1.1GHz, with only 16mA quiescent current, and typically 1.3nV/sqrtHz of input voltage noise. It
demonstrates 0.1dB gain flatness up to 160MHz at a gain of 2, and with the output stage optimized for driving
100-Ohm video or instrumentation lines, SFDR is -78dBc for F=10MHz, and -73dBc for F=20MHz (2Vp-p, 100-Ohm load).
The TSH350 strikes a balance between outright performance and power consumption, with 410MHz
bandwidth, 940V/microsecond slew rate, and 4.1mA quiescent current. Input noise is held low at 1.5nV/sqrtHz. The
output stage is also intended for driving 100-Ohm loads and provides a minimum 2.8Vp-p swing for a 5V supply
voltage. Distortion is specified as typically -66dBc for F=10MHz and an output swing of 1Vp-p into a 100-Ohm load.
The amplifier is highly suitable for applications where speed and power saving are equal priorities.
All of the amplifiers are designed for operation on a 5V power supply, and are characterized for the -40 to +85
degree C temperature range. They are available in an 8-pin SO-8 plastic package with standard pin-out, in both tube
and tape-and-reel, and the TSH310 is also available in 5-pin SOT-23.