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Understanding and Applying Voltage References

By Mitchell Lee  

Specifying the right reference and applying it correctly is a more difficult task than one might first surmise, consid- ering that references are only 2- or 3-terminal devices. Although the word “accuracy” is most often spoken in reference to references, it is dangerous to use this word too freely because it can mean different things to different people. Even more perplexing is the fact that a reference classified as a dog in one application is a panacea in another. This application note will familiarize the reader with the various aspects of reference “accuracy” and present some tips on extracting maximum performance from any reference.

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