AMP I.14 – Amplifier Characteristics

We’ve talked quite a lot about amplifiers so far.  The different amplifier configurations, how to recognize them, and what each component is used for.  By now analyzing familiar amplifier schemes shouldn’t prove too difficult.  However, we haven’t really discussed the design part.  The way I see it, a healthy education in practical electronics  should go…

AMP I.10 – The Common Source Amplifier

Introduction Just like bipolar junction transistors, we also have three classical amplifier configurations for JFET that lay the foundation for all JFET amplifier theory.  They are the Common Source amplifier, the Common Drain amplifier, and the Common Gate amplifier.  In this chapter we’ll discuss the Common Source amplifier. JFET Particulars Let’s recall the small signal … Read more

AMP I.8 – The Cascode Amplifier

Introduction We’ve seen that a Common Base amplifier has a bigger bandwidth than the Common Emitter amplifier as it doesn’t suffer from the Miller Effect.  However, the low input resistance of the CB amplifier can be a problem: it can draw lots of current from the preceding stage, greatly “loading” it and altering its intended … Read more

AMP I.7 – The Miller Effect

Introduction So far, we have studied BJTs and their different configurations, isolated from any other circuitry.  We’ve learned a lot, and we’re much further along than we first started.  However, until now we haven’t given much thought as to our circuit’s frequency response, and how differently that can behave depending on our input signal’s frequency.  … Read more