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 Lecture for Measurement

Posted 19/07/2019

Voltage Amplifier ("Voltage-to-Voltage Amplifier")

What is a Voltage Amplifier ("Voltage-to-Voltage" Amplifier)?

4. Input Impedance of the Preamplifier

Among the preamplifiers in our lineup, SA-230F5 has the lowest equivalent input noise voltage density (0.25 nV/√Hz typ.).

Even so, does SA-230F5 provide the best performance in any application? The answer to that question is “no” because SA-230F5 is only suitable for specific uses. For that reason, we offer a lineup that makes it possible to select a preamplifier that best matches each application.

The signal source (sensor) always has output impedance. In general, it is desirable that the input impedance of the preamplifier is high; however, the output impedance of the signal source is low, and, in reality, they are both finite values and do not become infinity or zero.

SA-230F5 has an input impedance of only 50 Ω because it is designed to be optimized for a 50 Ω system.

For that reason, it is not the best one to amplify a signal output from a high-output-impedance signal source like a piezoelectric element. If the output impedance is as high as 1 kΩ, the signal is attenuated to about 1/20 at the input terminal of SA-230F5 (Figure).

In the case of such high output impedance, it is better to select a model amplifier with high input impedance.

For example, SA-220F5 is a preamplifier with input impedance of 1 MΩ. Even sensors with output impedance of 1 kΩ can be used with it without concern for attenuation.


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Extremely low noise amplifier SA Series

Extremely low noise, excellent stability, wideband preamplifier for detection of extremely small signals

     Low noise
  • Adopted our exclusive circuit applying negative feedback technology
    SA-230F5: at input impedance of 50 Ω, noise figure of 0.6 dB and equivalent input noise voltage density of 0.25 nV/√Hz
  •  Wideband
  • A wide frequency band from low-frequency signals including DC (SA-200F3/240F5/410F3/440F5) to high-frequency, high-speed signals (SA-220F5/230F5/430F5) exceeding 100 MHz is covered.
  •  Input mode according to signal source
  • Single-ended (single-wire-grounded) input, single-ended FET input, differential input, and differential FET input



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