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THS4551: Output offset problem when doing ESD test

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Part Number: THS4551

Hi Team,

My customer encounter THS4551 output offset issue when doing ESD test on this board. Below is customer’s SCH and it is for PLC AI application.

In current input mode, V1+ and I1+ are short together then input 20mA current on this terminal. 20mA flows through R241//R203(about 250ohm) to VI1- terminal that create a 5V differential voltage on the OPA2197’s IN+(pin 3 and pin5 of U201). The output voltage of OPA2197 is 5V as well(measured at both side of R247). Meanwhile, THS4551’s differential output voltage is 1.78V, measured at IN+, IN- (both side of C210).

Performing ESD test, +6KV on V1+ terminal 5 times, THS4551 differential output votage increased to about 3.7V. OPA2197 differential output voltage dreased to 4.53V, but input voltage of OPA2197 didn’t change that remained at 5V.

All devices didn’t get damaged, the offset error was gone when power off and power on whole system. Custoemr would like to know why THS4551 has large output error when it is experienced ESD test. Could team help to provide comment or suggest us any exeriments we can do to investigate this problem. Please let me know if you need any information.

 

Thanks a lot.

Vincent Chen

  • Hello Vincent,

       Thank you for the detailed setup; it helped clear a lot of initial questions. Can your customer measure the differential input voltage of the THS4551 (at pin 8 and pin 1 of U203) at both before applying the ESD test and after applying the ESD test?

    Thank you,

    Sima

  • Hi Vincent,

    the input circuitry is incomplete. Resistors for providing a current path for the input bias current of OPA2197 to signal ground are missing.

    Kai

  • Hi Vincent again,

    R250 between the inputs is no good idea. But a 1M resistor from each input (V1+ and VI-) to signal ground (AGND) is.

    By the way, have you connected VI- to AGND during the test or have you let it float?

    Kai

  • In reply to kai klaas69:

    Hey Vincent, 

    I was going to take a look at the MFB for noise improvement, but then I noticed that 44kHz RC pole at the inputs of the buffer amps using 25kohm R's - that kills your noise right there so nothing to do in the FDA stage. 

    But, I had the MFB LG test files from the THS4551 datasheet prep, so I modified one of those to this MFB for a phase margin test - oops, looks pretty oscillatory - maybe at 50MHz -40deg past 180deg phase shift - that is the 4.7nF feedback C doing this - this later article talks about these issues a bit. If I got the RC values wrong let me know and I can change easily, And, I was using the original release TINA model as it has a more accurate open loop Zol (maybe). But I could be making a mistake here as well, 

    Also, the filter is only 25kHz, could do this pretty easily with the THS4531A and save power - that part is a lot higher input noise, but again it doesn't matter with the noise coming out of the buffer amps. 

    here is the the THS4551 LG test Tina file, V7

    THS4551 MFB LG original model 25kHz.TSC

    Michael Steffes

  • In reply to Michael Steffes:

    Hey Vincent, 

    I went ahead and pursued this a bit with the THS4531A updated 2018 model (oddly, the original THS4531 still has a very old 2012 model I think - would be easy to update that online to the improved THS4531A model relaxing the model offset voltage which is the only change). Anyway, just dropping in the THS4531A sill had phase margin problems - this is a combination of the lower build out R to the load C and the interaction of the open loop Zol with the feedback C. 

    To get this phase margin up into the 30deg region, I made the changes shown here - 

    And then this last file - again, I am not 100% I have these RC values right or that this is your root issue, but normally - you don't want to waste any time with mystery symptoms until the phase margin is good. I did not try the closed loop response with the THS4531A but would expect the filter shape to be fine, 

    THS4531A MFB LG original model 25kHz.TSC

    Michael Steffes

  • In reply to Michael Steffes:

    Hi Team,

    Thanks very much for the comments and suggestions. There is some information updated.

    1. Customer put the board in temp. chamber and set Ta to 55℃, can replicate this issue.

    2. Put the board running at room temperature for a while, say 5 hours, customer also can replicate this issue.

    It seems like the design has problem originally, ESD test or high temperature test just speed up the failure to happen. I suspect that this issue may relate to common mode shift in OPA2197 circuit. The 20mA current generator doesn't have ground wire to connect AGND, and OPA2197's input side is floating. Below diagram shows how customer connect current gen. to the terminals of PCB.

      

    I will collect information you guys asked above and get back to you.

    Thanks very much.

    Vincent Chen

  • In reply to Vincent Chen64988:

    Hi Team,

    After did some experiments then we almost can confirm that the issue is caused by input common mode shift.

    1. Remove OPA2197 and ADS8912B, apply 5V differential voltage at input side of THS4551 and THS4551's output is 1.78V that is a normal value. Keep it for hours and output can keep at 1.78V. There is not problem on THS4551's circuit.

    2. Remove R204 and R205 to test OPA2197 circuit only. Short VI1- to AGND and apply 5V voltage on V1+ and VI1- as a differential input voltage. There is no longer to have output offset issue.

    3. Test whole system and let it running for hours and then appeared output shift issue, then short AGND and VI1- the issue was gone. The THS4551's output voltage became to correct value of 1.78V.

    Remove R250(1M resistor) and put 1M resistor from V1+ and VI1- to AGND that is the purpose to keep differential voltage input to have a common mode level close to AGND, is it correct?

    This approach seems workable but when customer used multimeter to probe voltage at any point of whole system, it will affect the result a little bit. We are trying to make sure this approach is OK. Is there any other way to let common mode close to AGND and has less side effect? 

    Besides, put 1M resistor from V1+ and VI1- to AGND has side effect or not?

    Thank you very much for your support.

    Vincent Chen

    R250 between the inputs is no good idea. But a 1M resistor from each input (V1+ and VI-) to signal ground (AGND) is.

  • In reply to Vincent Chen64988:

    Hello Vincent,

      Kai pointed out that the customer's input circuitry is missing a connection to ground which would give the circuit a DC bias current return path. At the moment, your input is floating at DC as you mentioned. This is most likely the cause of this offset error. Here is the Tina-TI simulation demonstrating Kia's suggestion as well as a method of including both connections, but Kai's comment seems to be the best fix. After this fix, I would suggest reviewing Michael's comments to increase the stability of their circuit at the FDA end. 

    Thank you,

    Sima

    Vincent_OPA2197.tsc

  • In reply to SimaJalaleddine:

    Hi Sima,

    Thanks very much for the advice.

    Since customer followed app. note design,SBAA267A, to achieve high input impedance. The app. note didn't show any connection to ground but has very good performance. Therefore, engineer followed this reference design for PLC AI module of differential input application.

    Although adding 1Mohm resistor to ground can fix common mode issue but the side effect is thermal noise, right? The resistor's noise density seems large than that of OPA2197 and THS4551. Could you please help comment my concern?

    Thanks very much.

    Vincent Chen

  • In reply to Vincent Chen64988:

    Hi Vincent,

    this is a simplified schematic focusing on how to properly use the THS4551. Because of this neither for the OPA197 nor the ADS1980 all necessary components are shown.

    The noise of 1M biasing resistors will play no role when properly connecting the 250R burden resistance (250R load) to the input of your circuit. So please connect "I1+" to "V1+" and "VI1-" to "AGND" when performing a current measurement.

    Kai