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Op-amp propagation delay calculations?

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by [email protected], Jan 13, 2005.

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  1. Guest

    Can anyone enlighten me as to how to calculate the propagation delays for
    a series of opamps driving a video signal?

    I have a video signal path through three op-amps, and an analog switch,
    but I do not know which parameters to look up on each device, and how to
    calculate the delay time introduced by each op-amp circuit. Is it
    dependent on the feedback and filters, or will it be a simple delay spec
    like those found in digital gates?

    Any pointers or kindly comments would be appreciated.

  2. If the signal spectrum is well within the bandwidth of the
    individual stages, and they are well behaved near their
    upper passband limit, the delay will be approximated by
    1/BWR where BWR is the bandwidth in radians/Second.

    If you want to get an accurate picture of delay, you can
    simulate or analyze the circuit's group and phase delay.
    Most simulators will plot group delay.

    Beware that the delay will vary, just as bandwidth does.
  3. Ban

    Ban Guest

    The delay will be dependent on the upper frequency limit of each opamp,
    together with the external circuitry. Lets say we have a gain stage with 6dB
    gain and an opamp with 80MHz GWB, which now has 40MHz -3dB. This lowpass
    will induce roughly 1/3 wavelength delay at lower frequencies. 40MHz make
    25ns wavelength, so the delay will be around 8.3ns. Usually the delay
    increases with gain peaking to extend the frequency response, so this is a
    bad thing to do. Better to take higher bandwidth amplifiers and use Bessel
    filters, which have a constant delay in their passband.
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