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Electronics

Principles & Applications


Seventh Edition

Charles A. Schuler
Chapter 8

Large-Signal Amplifiers
(student version)

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INTRODUCTION
Amplifier Class
Class A
Class B
Class AB
Class C
Class D

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Concept Preview
Efficiency is most important in power amplifiers.
Poor efficiency means that much of the input power is
converted to heat.
A class A amplifier conducts for the entire signal cycle and
has the lowest efficiency.
A class B amplifier conducts for only half of the signal
cycle.
A class C amplifier conducts for less than half of the signal
cycle.
A class D amplifier switches between cutoff and saturation.

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High efficiency
means
less
HEAT
= PIN
- Pheat.
OUT

Input signal

Power
Amplifier

PIN
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Output signal
POUT

Efficiency =

POUT
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Efficiency
The dc power supplied to an amplifier is PIN
= VCC x IDC
Efficiency = POUT/PIN x 100%
The maximum efficiency for Class A
amplifiers with a dc collector resistance and
a separate load resistance is 25%.
Class A is usually not acceptable when watts
of power are required.

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The major classes of amplifier operation


IC

IC

B
t

t
IC

IC
ISAT

C
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Class and efficiency quiz


If POUT = 100 W and PIN = 200 W, the
50%
efficiency is _________.
The efficiency of an ideal amplifier is
__________.
100%
When efficiency is poor, too much of the input
is converted to ________.
heat
An amplifier that conducts for the entire cycle
is operating Class _______.
A
An amplifier that conducts for half the cycle
is operating Class _______.
B
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Concept Review
Efficiency is most important in power amplifiers.
Poor efficiency means that much of the input power is
converted to heat.
A class A amplifier conducts for the entire signal cycle and
has the lowest efficiency.
A class B amplifier conducts for only half of the signal
cycle.
A class C amplifier conducts for less than half of the signal
cycle.
A class D amplifier switches between cutoff and saturation.

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Concept Preview
Class A amplifiers operate at the center of the load line
and have a large quiescent current flow.
Class B amplifiers operate at cutoff and have no
quiescent current flow.
Class B amplifiers are usually operated in push-pull
configurations.
Class B amplifiers have crossover distortion.
Class AB reduces crossover distortion.
Bridge amplifiers provide four times the output power
and eliminate the output coupling capacitor.

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A large-signal amplifier can also be called a power amplifier.


This class A amplifier has a large quiescent collector current.

VCC
18 V
=
=
= 15 mA
1.2 k
RB
IC = x IB = 60 x 15 mA = 0.9 A

RL = 12

RB = 1.2 k

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C
= 60
E

VCC = 18 V

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VCC
18 V
ISAT =
=
= 1.5 A
12
RL

IC in A

This is a Class A amplifier.


Q
25 mA

1.4
1.2
1.0
0.8
0.6
0.4
0.2

20 mA
mA
10 mA
5 mA

0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18
VCE in Volts

0 mA

PC = VCE x IC = 7.2 V x 0.9 A = 6.48 W


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This is a Class B amplifier.


Its quiescent power dissipation is zero.

IC in A

25 mA

1.4
1.2
1.0
0.8
0.6
0.4
0.2

20 mA
mA
Q
10 mA
5 mA

0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18
VCE in Volts

0 mA

PC = VCE x IC = 18 V x 0 A = 0 W
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0 2 4 6

Cl

20 mA

as
sB

25 mA

1.4
1.2
1.0
0.8
0.6
0.4
0.2

mA

10 mA
5 mA
8 10 12 14 16

0 mA
The collector signal
is too distorted for
linear applications.

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The complementary-symmetry Class B


push-pull amplifier has acceptable
linearity for some applications.
+VCC

C
B

NPN

E
E
PNP

C
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PNP

NPN

Class B

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Since the base-emitter junction potential


is 0.7 V, there is some crossover distortion.
+VCC

C
B

NPN

E
E
PNP

C
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Crossover distortion is eliminated


by applying some forward bias
to the transistors (class AB).
+VCC

C
B

NPN

1.4 V

E
PNP

C
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The quiescent power dissipation is moderate for class AB.


The efficiency is much better than class A.

IC in A

1.4
1.2
1.0
0.8
0.6
0.4
0.2

0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18
VCE in Volts
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A bridge-tied load provides four times the output


power for a given supply voltage and load resistance.
Bridge amplifier

Single-ended amplifier
+VCC

+VCC

Cap. required

+VCC

Max. = VCC

Max. = 2 x VCC
RL

2
RL

Max.
Max.

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Class A, B, and AB quiz


Class A amplifiers are biased to operate near
the ________ of the load line. center
Class B amplifiers have their Q-points at
____________.
cutoff
The conduction angle for class B is
_________.
180o
To reduce distortion, two class B transistors
are arranged in _____________. push-pull
Class AB is a solution for __________
distortion.
crossover
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Concept Review
Class A amplifiers operate at the center of the load line
and have a large quiescent current flow.
Class B amplifiers operate at cutoff and have no
quiescent current flow.
Class B amplifiers are usually operated in push-pull
configurations.
Class B amplifiers have crossover distortion.
Class AB reduces crossover distortion.
Bridge amplifiers provide four times the output power
and eliminate the output coupling capacitor.

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Class C amplifiers are biased beyond cutoff for a small
conduction angle and high efficiency.
Class C amplifiers used tuned tank circuits to reduce
distortion in RF applications.
Class C amplifiers cannot be used in wideband applications
like audio.
Class D amplifiers switch between cutoff and saturation for
very high efficiency.
Class D amplifiers operate at a relatively high switching
frequency and often use PWM.
Class D can be used in audio applications.

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1.4
1.2
1.0
0.8
0.6
0.4
0.2

AB

0 2 4 6

8 10 12 14 16 18

The class of an amplifier


is determined by the bias
which establishes the Q-point.
Class C is established by reverse
biasing the base-emitter junction.
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Conduction Angles
& theoretical max. efficiencies:

Class A = 360o
Class B = 180o
Class AB 200o
Class C
90o

50 %*
78.5 %
(between A & B)
100 %

*Class A amplifiers are seldom driven to


maximum output and typically provide much
less efficiency.
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Class C amplifier
VCC
Tank circuit
C
CC

B
RB
VBB

The transistor is
off for most of
the input cycle
and the conduction
angle is small.

VBB reverse biases the base-emitter junction.


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0.7 V
VBB

VBE waveform
Class C amplifier
waveforms
(with tank circuit)

0A

IC waveform

VCE waveform
Low VCE when IC is flowing
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Class C amplifier with signal bias


VCC

C
CC

B
RB

The base-emitter
junction rectifies
the input signal
and charges CC.

Signal bias increases when the input


signal increases in amplitude.
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Three transistor operating modes:

IB = 0

Cutoff

IB > 0

IB >> 0

Saturation

Linear
(PC > 0)

PC = 0 in both of these modes


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A switch-mode amplifier uses a


rectangular input signal to drive the
transistor rapidly between cutoff and
saturation. The efficiency is very high.
They are also
called Class D
amplifiers.

B
RB

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If the switching frequency is a good deal higher


than the signal frequency, a Class D amplifier is
capable of linear amplification. Pulse-width
modulation and a low-pass filter are often used.

PWM Signal

Input Signal

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PWM

LPF

The low-pass filter rejects


the switching frequency.
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Class C and D quiz


Class C amplifiers use _______ circuits to
restore sinusoidal signals.
tank
The base-emitter junction in a class C
amplifier is ________ biased. reverse
The theoretical maximum efficiency for
class C is ___________.
100%
Class D amplifiers are also known as
__________ amplifiers.
switch-mode
Class D amplifiers employ a varying dutycycle known as _________.
PWM
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Concept Review
Class C amplifiers are biased beyond cutoff for a small
conduction angle and high efficiency.
Class C amplifiers used tuned tank circuits to reduce
distortion in RF applications.
Class C amplifiers cannot be used in wideband applications
like audio.
Class D amplifiers switch between cutoff and saturation for
very high efficiency.
Class D amplifiers operate at a relatively high switching
frequency and often use PWM.
Class D can be used in audio applications.

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REVIEW
Amplifier Class
Class A
Class B
Class AB
Class C
Class D

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