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Patent Number: 5,710,522

Amplifier having an active current source

Abstract: The present invention is a single-ended Class A gain stage amplifier consisting of an active current source. A feedback path from an output node of the amplifier senses the direction and magnitude of the current going through a load coupled to the output node. The feedback path varies the output of the active current source in accordance with the sensed load current. By so doing, the efficiency of the amplifier of the present invention can be doubled as compared to prior art amplifiers operating in Class A mode. In addition, the present invention amplifier exhibits lower signal distortion.

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