A Concise Guide to the Published Amplifier Circuits of Nelson Pass

rsdio

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2008-02-06 7:39 am
Seattle
I have read all of the articles by Nelson Pass, and then went back and tried to take notes on what topics were discussed in each. Here in the Pass forum, a few folks (myself included) are new, and hoping to find a decent starting point. For my part, I have compiled an index of the articles that I think are necessary for understanding the Pass amplifiers, including Zen Variations and First Watt.

The linked file is a first draft. If anyone has suggestions, please let me know. As I learn more, I hope to flesh out the guide and then make a final version before too long. At the moment, 4 pages (with two focused on the juicy bits) seems like a good length. I've included some very basic comments about some of the technology, but perhaps I could revise this to be more of an introductory tutorial which points to Papa's more in-depth coverage.

A Concise Guide to the Published Amplifier Circuits of Nelson Pass

Brian Willoughby
 
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rsdio

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2008-02-06 7:39 am
Seattle
I hope to weave in more ties between the patents and the articles. So far, I have the main two patents. If anyone can help suggest articles which exemplify other patents, please let me know.

Now that I mention it, I should include the patents as if they were articles, despite the tendency for them to be much harder to read than Papa's natural prose.
 
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btw.

dunno - either Papa is , in nature of his published circs , Zappawakoolike , or am I , in comprehensive ability , Zappawakoolike - but I can't see some special organization in his published circs ( go figure - it seems that SUSY patent goes before Aleph CCS patent ; if I remember correctly - he said somewhere that he patented SUSY , even if not fully digging it ; I'm not mocking here - he's the one who patented it , not silly Mighty ZM :rofl: )

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meaning - I think that you must stay at documentary level , without trying to add agenda spice

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I'm not sure that I follow you, but Papa does mention many times in the articles and Manuals that X and Aleph were out of order when comparing patents to products. Such is the nature of patents. They take anywhere from 9 to 18 months from filing to award. Also, some of Nelson's patents have never been used in a product, or the products were not very successful at all (not for lack of working, however).

One minor problem I had is whether to list patents by filing date or award date, but since I have focused on 'published' works, I think that the award date is the one. My next revision will have patents listing along with articles.

As for my idea of linking circuit designs to patents, I don't think that counts as "agenda spice." It should be fairly easy to see if a circuit is covered by a patent (well, maybe not so easy). At the very least, studying the Aleph active current source circuit well enough to recognize it in an article's circuit should be a good exercise, and the same goes for any of the other patents - it will just take time.
 
Thanks for all of the positive remarks, folks.

I have updated the document by 'splitting' the Power Supply section into unipolar and bipolar or split rails. The original list was a bit too long, and it seems that the distinction between types should improve the utility of the list. There are some other, minor revisions as well.

I hope I am not being impatient, since the weekend isn't even over, but I was hoping to get some constructive criticism. Does anyone have suggestions for improvements? I suppose I may need to wait a while before someone volunteers to match up some of the older patents with specific circuits from the articles.