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6: Specialized Op Amps

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  • After completing this chapter, you should be able to:

    • Analyze instrumentation amplifiers.
    • Discuss the advantages of using instrumentation amplifiers versus simple op amp differential amplifiers.
    • Analyze and detail the advantages of programmable op amps and give possible applications.
    • Detail the advantages of high-speed and high-power op amps and give possible applications.
    • Describe an OTA, noting how it differs from a programmable op amp, and give possible applications.
    • Describe the operation of a Norton amplifier, compare how it is used relative to ordinary op amps, and analyze circuitry that makes use of Norton amplifiers.
    • Describe the operation of current feedback op amps, and explain what their primary advantages are.
    • Describe the need and usage of application-specific integrated circuits.

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