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Homework Help: Schmidt trigger help

  1. Nov 12, 2015 #1
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    I have been been trying to search forums and figure out the following question that I just cannot seem to get my head around!

    Design a Schmidt comparator circuit based on an OP07 operational amplifier with the following characteristics: Power supply Voltages: +/- 12V Switching thresholds +1V, -1V

    I have been trying to figure out the voltage saturation and then using this to find the resistor values for the schmidt trigger. I cannot work out what the voltage saturation is and how to calculate it at all.

    Any help would be appreciated, I am really not the best at electronics!

    The following is the circuit I am trying to use modelled on LTSpice:
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  4. Nov 12, 2015 #3


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    Consider that you have both +V and -V available since they're powering the op amp. You can tie the bottom of your R1 to -V rather than ground, and add another resistor of the same size as R1 to tie the + input to +V as well. Then tinker with your R2 value to adjust the total spread of the triggers. By symmetry the trigger points should lie on either side of the midpoint between +V and -V, or in other words, 0 V.
  5. Nov 12, 2015 #4


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    Welcome to the PF.

    I would make the power supply rails using two separate sources. Otherwise their relationship to ground can be ambiguous... :smile:
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