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TS200 High-Curremp Amp Key Features

Output voltage range:

  -10V to +10V (TS200-0x)

  -20V to +20V (TS200-1x)

  -10V to +70V (TS200-3B)

  -40V to +40V (TS200-5B)

High output current:

  3.5A RMS or 10A peak-to-peak (TS200-0x)

  2.7A RMS or 7.6A peak-to-peak (TS200-1x)

  1.4A RMS or 4.0A peak-to-peak (All other models)

1MHz small signal bandwidth

Adjustable DC Offset

AC/DC Input couple

This App Note details how to maximize the TS200 output current. Maximizing output current is optional and it is intended for applications where the load impedance is too low.

Maximizing TS200 Amplifier Output Current

Modulated power supply. Applications include battery simulator, PSRR measurment, waveform amplifier

TS200 is a High-Current Amplifier Driver

Figure 1. Simplified diagram is showing how to amplify signal from a function generator to delivery high current to a heavy load without current maximization

Amplifier Current Optimization - Optional

The TS200 can drive heavy load and outputs high current for most application without any optimization as shown in Figure 1.  In some applications such as driving magnetic coil or electrochemical reactor, where the highest possible current is desired, but don’t care about the voltage amplitude.  The highest current is achieved when the TS200 is operating near its maximum voltage.  If the load resistance or impedance is very mall, operating near the maximum voltage is not possible.  In such case, a series resistor may be used (Figure 2).

Figure 2. A series resistor increases the TS200 operating voltage achieves the maximum possible current.

Selecting the Series Resistor

The series resistor will dissipate significant amount of heat. The amount of heat dissipated by the series resistor is given in the equation below.

P = (IRMS)2*R    Warning: The series resistor may be hot!

where IRMS is the RMS (root-mean-square) current and R is the series resistance. For example, a 5A peak (3.5A RMS) and 1-ohm series resistor will dissipate 12.25W power.

The series resistor must be rated for that power dissipation. If high power resistor is not available, you can parallel several resistors to get the desired resistance and increase the total rated power dissipation.  For example, you can use three 3-ohm resistors connected in parallel to get 1-ohm total resistance.  If each resistor is rated 5W power dissipation, the resulting 1-ohm resistor can handles 15W power dissipation.

Current Monitoring

As shown in Figure 3 (top), the series resistor can also be used for current monitoring. Place the resistor on the low-side, one side is connected to ground, allow you to measure current with one oscilloscope channel. For best accuracy, connect the oscilloscope probe to the resistor in 4-wire Kelvin sensing configuration. The load current is proportional to the voltage across the series resistor given in the below equation.

I = V/R

where I is the load current, V is the voltage across the series resistor, and R is the series resistance.

If the load is ground referenced, load must be connected to the ground, swap the position of the series resistor as shown in Figure 7 (bottom). You still can measure the current, but needs two oscilloscope channels and configure them differentially (for example, channel 1 minus channel 2).

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High Current Amplifier Application Examples



Magnetic coil

Helmholt coil

High-power heat generation

Electrochemical reactor

Piezo element


Circuit characterization

Scientific and industrial testing

Automotive transient test

Laser Diode

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High-current amplifier for function generator

Table 1. Recommended peak voltage for maximum output current

For example, the TS200-0x can output 5A peak (AC waveform >60Hz).  If the load is 0.25-ohm, a 1.25V peak output voltage is needed. At 1.25V and 5A peak, the TS200-0x is dissipating excess heat internally. To reduce excess heating, it is better to add a 1-ohm series resistor to make the total resistance 1.25-ohm.  At 5A output current, the TS200-0x peak output voltage is now 6.25V which is closer to the maximum output voltage.  Higher output voltage near the maximum resulted in better performance (less internal heating).  Table 1 shows the recommended TS200 peak output voltage for maximum output current. For maximum output current, add a series resistor to bring the peak output voltage to the recommended level in Table 1.

Figure 3. (Top) Low-side series resistor can also be used for current measurement. (Bottom) high-side series resistor for current monitor that requires two oscilloscope channels.

TS200 High-Current Amp Features

Figure 4 is the TS200 high current amplifier functional equivalent diagram. It features a selectable AC or DC coupled input.  It also feature an adjustable DC offset voltage output which is useful if a fixed DC bias voltage is required. Two versions of the TS200 are available, the A-version has unity gain and the B-version has 20dB gain.

Figure 4. TS200 high-current amplifier functional equivalent circuit.

High-current lab power amp uses a series resistor to maximize the output current.Use this table to select a high current amplifier for your function generator.For high load current, signal generator amp is used. Low-side resistor is used to maximize the output current.Using the TS200 to amplify an arb waveform generator. A series resistor can be used to maximize the output current.The TS200 signal generator amplifier features AC or DC coupled input and DC offset output.  It is ideal for lab power amplification applications.

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