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maria_andersson 26th September 2005 07:07 AM

Feedback on Gainclone PCB layout Wanted
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Hello everyone, I would like to have some feedback on this Gainclone PCB, obvious misstakes + etc.

Thanks in advance,


thomgun_lc 26th September 2005 10:14 AM

:cool: A nice layout.Good job!!
why don't you try to build single layout,more easy.And i still don't know why u prefer using a thick wire in joining signal ground and power ground, what's the effect?eliminating hum?:smash:

peranders 26th September 2005 10:32 AM


maria = girl? If, yes you are pretty unique. It's less than five active women here, like 2-3 or so.

Feel welcome and I'll hope the "grabbigheten"(*) will be turned down a bit.

The layout looks good but three things:

1 Add 100 nF/63 V polyester at each power pin, make it as close as possible. You could even "snuibberize" it a la carlsofm. 0.5-1 ohms 0.6 W metal film will do. You could even use SMD 1206 or 0805.

2 Draw the ground trace on the "blue" side and connected it as you have done now.

3 You have to add a zobel network at the output. 2-3 ohms + 100 nF for stability reasons. I recommend that you take a close look at the datasheet and the applcation note AN-1192 from National. You could also take a look at the excellent pcb from Pater Daniel /Brian bell. and you may also check my Gainclone and while you're at it, check the Gainclone webring, see below.

*) Någon har ett bra ord för grabbighet? English word for grabbighet?

peranders 26th September 2005 12:33 PM

Noticing that Maria Andersson also is a popstar in the Sahara Hotnights.... a Sahara Hotnights fan maybe?

maria_andersson 26th September 2005 01:15 PM

Thanks for the replys (it means a lot to get qualified help), eitherway I have some questions for you Per Anders and everyone else for that matter.

"Add 100 nF/63 V polyester at each power pin, make it as close as possible", does this mean that I should add a cap from +V to GND as close to the 2200uF cap as possible? The same for -V of course.

"Draw the ground trace on the "blue" side and connected it as you have done now." You mean draw the Signal GND on the blue side and connect it to the gound plane using a via? or draw both Signal GND and Power GND on the blue side, essentially making the PCB singel sided? If the latter applies, is there any reason not to make the PCB double sided (except for cost issues)?

Also I am a bit unsure (I have understood from your previous comments on gainclone PCB contruction at that you do like this) why you make a small connection between the Signal GND and the Power GND like I have done here. If someone could explain the intended reason. I guess it have something to do with currents in the ground plan.

Zobel network is not understood on my behalf but I reason stability issues are good enough reasons.

I don't know any good translation for "grabbighet" actually, I'll inform you if I find any good word.

Either way, thanks in advance for all help.

maria_andersson 26th September 2005 01:15 PM

No I am not a very big fan of Sahara Hotnights. ;)

peranders 26th September 2005 01:27 PM

"Close as possible" is to the supply pin, the current consumer. You can check my layouts as an example.

Strive to have a whole groundplane (not divided by traces) and strive to keep the signal ground very close to the speaker ground. Bear in mind that you should keep the currents from the smoothing caps away from the signal ground. Strive to have the signal ground as "current free" as possible.

If you check my QRP02 layout you can clearly see how I have isolated the grounds.

Don't forget screwholes in your pcb.

To reduce offset your R2 should be the value as R3 and it's possible that you need to decouple it with 10-100 nF.

maria_andersson 26th September 2005 02:08 PM

Ok, I should try to make reason out of this as soon as I'm home from work. There are still some things I don't understand, but I guess you can confirm my guesses later on via new PCB design. Also, I'll check out you PCBs and see how they apply to mine (I know that your gainclone PCBs use to be quiet loaded with 'features').

I get the idea that you should not devide the ground plane if possible. I suppose you can get currents in the ground plane otherwise. Right/Wrong? I guess the ground plane have sheilding effect on the PCB also.

"Don't forget screwholes in your pcb" I'll mount it using the hole in the IC, like Brian GTs PCBs sort of.

R2 should go from 4.7K to 120K? Right?

As said, I'll re-cad and get back to you guys and we'll see if I have understood what you mean.

Thanks again

maria_andersson 26th September 2005 10:54 PM

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Hello again, (and as always, thanks for all help, it's reall appreciated), here is the new PCB which I have been modifiyng to meet PA ideas/suggestions. I'm quiet aware that I might have missunderstood some parts so please tell me if there are anything that is wrong.

I have some questions though.
[list=1][*]What watt rating is sufficient for the Zobel network, is 0.6 watt metal film resistors ok?[*]The cap in the Zobel network, would 64 Volts work? [*]Does the grounding arrangement look ok? This is really hard to figure out. [*]Also, did I understand you correct that the 4.7K resistor should be a 120K resistor instead?[/list=1]
Ok, I guess I have more questions that I can't come to think of now.

Thanks in advance for all help.

maria_andersson 27th September 2005 09:21 AM

Btw, isn't the gain of the amp, G = Rf/Rin, which in this case would be G = 120K/120K = 1?

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