ROHM’s Zero-Drift Op Amp delivers high accuracy regardless of temperature

ROHM has developed a zero-drift operational amplifier (op amp) - the LMR1002F-LB - for industrial and consumer electronics devices.

It minimises both input offset voltage and input offset voltage temperature drift and is capable of accurately amplifying output signals from sensors installed in various measurement devices. This new op amp is intended for current sensing applications such as power control inverters and temperature/pressures/flow/gas detectors.

As automotive and industrial equipment become more sophisticated and application control requirements are more precise, environmental sensors are increasingly being used to quantify temperature, pressure, and gas concentrations such as carbon dioxide to foster a sustainable society.

However, sensor signals are so small that amplification is necessary, and if a general op amp with 1mV offset voltage is used to amplify the sensor signal by a factor of 1,000, for example, the offset voltage also increases by this amount – resulting in a voltage error of 1V (1,000mV) in the signal output. At the same time, input offset voltage temperature drift, which varies according to temperature and time, is difficult to compensate for.

In response, ROHM has developed a zero-drift op amp that addresses these problems by leveraging proprietary analogue circuit technology.

The LMR1002F-LB is ROHM’s first zero-drift op amp using the chopper method. In contrast to conventional low-offset op amps featuring a typical input offset voltage of 150µV (Max.), this product limits input offset voltage to just 9µV (94% lower). This eliminates the need for peripheral components or software to adjust the input offset voltage, reducing both design person-hours and costs.

In addition, input offset voltage temperature drift is just 0.05µV/°C (Max.) in the operating temperature range of -40°C to +125°C – the lowest among ROHM’s op amps.

Enabling accurate amplification of measured sensor signals without being affected by environmental changes such as temperature contributes to high accuracy control of industrial equipment in factories. This, coupled with a wide supply voltage range of 2.7V to 5.5V and rail-to-rail input/output, make it suitable for a variety of industrial applications.