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Kashmire 13th January 2004 01:40 AM

Low Temp Drift VRef (Zener?)
I need a voltage reference for my output stage bias circuit. I could use a zener diode, but the voltage drift with temperature is very bad. In addition, zeners are noisy.

Any comments on a VRef that is not senstive to temperature?

Steven 13th January 2004 11:20 AM

Zeners or not that noisy. You can use them for biasing of output stages. The temp coeff. of low voltage zeners is negative, of high voltage zeners positive, and around 5.6V it is almost zero.

For very low temp coeff. use a regulator based on a bandgap instead of a zener.


johnferrier 13th January 2004 11:45 AM

The LTZ1000 is pretty good.


CheffDeGaar 13th January 2004 02:32 PM

I remember Elektor publishing a (theoretically) T independent discrete Vref (2 or 3 BJTs) Will try to dig it out...

In the meantime, have a look at National's LM199 (1ppm/C, with builtin heater and temp stabilizer) and at companion app notes too :


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