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Full dc recovery

  1. May 26, 2009 #1
    I need to do dc recovery on a sine signal with a variable amplitude. (so its not between +U and -U but between +2U and 0) It is fast enough if the offsets adjusts within minutes. There is a quick hack in the Art of electronics, where they set a diode and a capacitor in series, but this leaves me one diode drop below 0. Is there a nice (possibly standard) circuit that does a full dc recovery. I try to keep the distortion low.

    Another way would be quadrature although this would double the frequency. Can anyone recommend a good low distortion chip there.
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  3. May 26, 2009 #2


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    You can use an opamp to get rid of the diode drop in rectification and peak detection. You can do a + peak detector and a - peak detector, and then a single stage after that to give you the mean value.


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