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Content posted in May 2003
Some data sheet mysteries examined
5/14/2003   Post a comment
You have to trust the spec writer: You don't want to run a 15-V op amp off a 20-volt supply -- never mind that you've got a prototype to work without starting fires. If the data sheet says 18-V "max" you'd better believe it. Applications guru Bill Klein is back with a new installment of his popular "Call-I-Took-Last-Week" column. Come to think of it, the "typical" spec might not be chiseled-in-concrete either, he concedes. But how much do you want to spend on incoming inspection?

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