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TIís new zero-drift PGA provides 5-uV offset voltage for precision and long-term stability

DALLAS (Oct. 14, 2013) – Texas Instruments (TI) today introduced a fully differential, zero-drift, 36-V programmable gain amplifier (PGA). At 5uV (typical), the PGA281 offers the lowest offset voltage in its class to improve accuracy and long-term stability. Its zero-drift architecture enables DC precision and long-term stability. It also reduces the need for future system calibration. Designers can use the PGA281 in industrial signal acquisition applications, including test and measurement, strain gauges, bridge amplifiers, and medical instrumentation. For more information or to order samples and an evaluation module (EVM), see www.ti.com/pga281.

Key features and benefits of the PGA281:

  • Zero-drift architecture: Its low offset voltage and an offset voltage drift of 174 nV/C with a maximum gain of 128 enable designers to optimize system performance. The offset voltage provides stability over a wide variety of conditions, including time and temperature.
  • Best-in-class CMRR: More than 140 dB over a wide frequency range doubles the ability to reject common mode signals at unity gain compared to the competition. This allows minimal error when resolving changes in voltage.
  • Wide range of internal gain options: Digitally programmable internal gain options and output scaling capabilities provide more than 20 unique gain selections. Programmable gain and attenuation allow for a wide input range of a few millivolts to greater than 20 V, which makes the device a versatile front end.
  • Internal error detection: An error flag pin indicates if an over-voltage or over-load condition has occurred, allowing the designer to monitor and maintain a clear signal.

Packaging, availability and pricing

The PGA281 is available now in a 5-mm by 6.4-mm, 16-pin TSSOP package, specified over a temperature range of –40 C to +105 C, for a suggested retail price of US$2.55 in 1,000-unit quantities.



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