PD200 – 60 Watt Voltage Amplifier

The PD200 is a wide bandwidth, low noise linear amplifier for driving piezoelectric actuators and other loads. The output voltage range can be unipolar, bipolar, or asymmetric from 50V to 200V. Up to +/-200V can be achieved in the bridged configuration. The PD200 can drive any load impedance including unlimited capacitive loads such as stack actuators; standard piezoelectric actuators; two wire benders; and three-wire piezoelectric benders requiring a bias voltage.

Configuration options include the voltage range, polarity, and output current. The voltage range can also be limited by two user-accessible potentiometers. The PD200 is suited to a wide range of applications including electro-optics, ultrasound, vibration control, nanopositioning systems, and piezoelectric motors.

There are four output connectors including Lemo 00, Lemo 0B, BNC, and screw terminals that allow the direct connection to almost any commercially available piezoelectric actuator. A rear-panel connector also provides a temperature output, overload monitor, and external shutdown input.

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Electrical Specifications
Output Voltage Range 100 Vp-p 150 Vp-p 200 Vp-p
RMS Current 1.2 A 0.91 A 0.57 A
Pulse Current 10.0 A 10.0 A 10.0 A
Power Bandwidth 470 kHz 310 kHz 230 kHz
Gain 20 V/V
Slew Rate 150 V/us
Signal Bandwidth 680 kHz
Max Power 60 W Dissipation
Load Any
Noise 714 uV RMS (10uF Load, 0.03 Hz to 1 MHz)
Protection Continuous short-circuit, thermal
Voltage Monitor 1/20 V/V (BNC)
Current Monitor 1 V/A (BNC)
Analog Input +/-10V (BNC, Zin = 27k)
Output Connectors LEMO 0B, LEMO 00, Screw Terminals, BNC
Power Supply 90 Vac to 250 Vac
Mechanical Specifications
Environment 0-40 C (32-104 F) Non-condensing humidity
Dimensions 275 x 141 x 64 mm (10.8 x 5.5 x 2.5 in)
Weight 1 kg (2.2 lb)
Compatible Actuators
Stack Actuators 50V to 200V
Plates and Tubes up to +/-100V
Two Wire Benders up to +/-100V
Three Wire Benders 0 to 200V with 200V bias
Three Wire Benders +/-100V with +/-100V bias

Output Voltage Range

The desired output voltage range is specified when ordering. The default output range is 0V to +200V (PD200-V0,200). The available voltage ranges and associated current limits are listed below.

Voltage Range RMS Current Peak Current Order Code
0 to +200 0.57 A 2 A PD200-V0,200
0 to +150 0.91 A 2 A PD200-V0,150
0 to +100 1.20 A 2 A PD200-V0,100
0 to +50 1.20 A 2 A PD200-V0,50
-50 to +150 0.57 A 2 A PD200-V50,150
-50 to +100 0.91 A 2 A PD200-V50,100
-50 to +50 1.20 A 2 A PD200-V50,50
-100 to +100 0.57 A 2 A PD200-V100,100
-100 to +50 0.91 A 2 A PD200-V100,50

Table 1. Voltage Range Configurations

Output Current

The PD200 has a peak and average current limit as described in Table 1. The RMS current limit defines the maximum frequency that is achievable with a capacitive load. This topic is discussed in “Power Bandwidth”.

During short-circuit the output current is limited to the rated maximum. The peak current can be drawn for up to five milliseconds before the output is disabled for three seconds. The average current limit has a time-constant of 30 milliseconds and is reset 100 milliseconds after a previous current pulse. This behaviour is described in “Overload and Shutdown”.

Voltage Limits

The output voltage range can be restricted to an arbitrary positive and negative value using two potentiometers accessed from a pair of holes on the bottom panel. By gently turning the potentiometers clockwise with a 2-mm flat-head screwdriver, the full voltage range becomes available. The voltage range is reduced by turning the potentiometers anti-clockwise. The hole closest to the front panel controls the negative voltage range while the rear hole controls the positive range.

Pulse Current Option

For applications that require a high peak current, the peak current limit can be increased to 10 Amps by appending the order code with “-PULSE”, e.g. “PD200-V0,200-PULSE”. In this configuration, the average current limit remains the same; however, the peak current limit is increased to 8 Amps and the maximum pulse duration is reduced to the time listed in Table 2. The voltage span is the peak-to-peak output voltage range, e.g. the voltage span for the -50V to +150V range is 200V.

Voltage Span Pulse Current Pulse Time
200 V 10 A 100 us
150 V 10 A 150 us
100 V 10 A 400 us
50 V 10 A 400 us

Table 2. Maximum peak current duration in the pulse configuration

For a current pulse that is less than the peak current limit, the maximum pulse duration is described in Figure 1.

Figure 1. Maximum pulse duration versus peak current and voltage span

Power Bandwidth

With a capacitive load, the RMS current for a sine-wave is$$I_{rms} =  \frac{V_{pp}C\pi f}{\sqrt{2}}$$where  \(V_{pp}\) is the peak-to-peak output voltage,  \(C\) is the load capacitance and \(f\)  is the frequency. Therefore, the maximum frequency for a given RMS current limit \(I_{rms}\), capacitance, and voltage is$$f_{max} = \frac{I_{rms}\sqrt{2}}{V_{pp}C\pi}$$ The above equation is also true for any periodic waveform, including triangle waves and square waves. This property arises since the amplifier detects average current, which not affected by the waveform shape.

The ‘power bandwidth’ is the maximum frequency at full output voltage. When the amplifier output is open-circuit, the power bandwidth is limited by the slew-rate; however, with a capacitive load, the maximum frequency is limited by the RMS current and load capacitance. The power bandwidth for a range of capacitive loads is listed below.

Load Capacitance 50V Range 100V Range 150V Range 200V Range
No Load 520 kHz** 470 kHz* 310 kHz* 230 kHz*
10 nF 520 kHz** 470 kHz* 270 kHz 130 kHz
30 nF 370 kHz 180 kHz 91 kHz 43 kHz
100 nF 110 kHz 56 kHz 27 kHz 13 kHz
300 nF 37 kHz 18 kHz 9.1 kHz 4.3 kHz
1 uF 11 KHz 5.6 kHz 2.7 kHz 1.3 kHz
3 uF 3.7 kHz 1.8 kHz 910 Hz 430 Hz
10 uF 1.1 kHz 560 Hz 270 Hz 130 Hz

Table 3. Power bandwidth versus load capacitance and output voltage span

In the above table, the frequencies limited by slew-rate are marked with an asterisk. The slew-rate is approximately 150 V/uS which implies a maximum frequency of $$f^{max} =  \frac{150 \times 10^{6}}{\pi V_{pp}}$$

Small Signal Bandwidth

The small-signal -3 dB bandwidth is listed in Table 4.

Load Capacitance Bandwidth
No Load 684 kHz
10 nF 759 kHz
30 nF 720 kHz
100 nF 388 kHz
300 nF 172 kHz
1 uF 60 kHz
3 uF 21 kHz
10 uF 6.4 kHz
30 uF 2.4 kHz
110 uF 940 Hz

Table 4. Small signal bandwidth versus load capacitance (-3dB)


The output voltage noise contains a low frequency component (0.03 Hz to 20 Hz) that is independent of the load capacitance; and a high frequency (20 Hz to 1 MHz) component that is approximately inversely proportional to the load capacitance.

The noise is measured with an SR560 low-noise amplifier (Gain = 1000), oscilloscope, and Agilent 34461A Voltmeter. The low-frequency noise is plotted in Figure 4. The RMS value is 650 uV with a peak-to-peak voltage of 4.3 mV.

Figure 4. Low frequency noise from 0.03 Hz to 20 Hz

The high frequency noise (20 Hz to 1 MHz) is listed in the table below versus load capacitance. The total RMS noise from 0.03 Hz to 1 MHz is found by summing the RMS values, that is \( \sigma = \sqrt{\sigma^{2}_{LF} + \sigma^{2}_{HF}}\).

Load Cap. Bandwidth HF Noise RMS Total Noise RMS
No Load 684 kHz 1.60 mV 1.72 mV
10 nF 759 kHz 1.65 mV 1.77 mV
30 nF 720 kHz 1.75 mV 1.86 mV
100 nF 388 kHz 2.08 mV 2.17 mV
300 nF 172 kHz 2.18 mV 2.27 mV
1 uF 60 kHz 998 uV 1.19 mV
3 uF 21 kHz 414 uV 771 uV
10 uF 6.4 kHz 295 uV 714 uV
30 uF 2.4 kHz 280 uV 708 uV
110 uF 940 Hz 264 uV 702 uV

Table 5. RMS noise versus load capacitance (0.03 Hz to 1 MHz)

Front Panel

Control Type Function
Power Power On/Off
Offset Adds a DC offset to the input signal
Input Input Input signal (+/-15V max)
Voltage Monitor Output The measured output voltage, scaled by 1/20
Current Monitor Output The measured output current, 1 A/V
Overload RED when the amplifier is disabled or in an overload state
Power GREEN when the power is on
HV- Output Connected to the negative high-voltage power supply rail
HV+ Output Connected to the positive high-voltage power supply rail
Output- Output High-voltage output signal return (used to measure current)
Output+ Output High-voltage output signal
LEMO 00 Output Output High-voltage output connector, suits LEMO FFA.00.250 cable plug
LEMO 0B Output Output High-voltage output connector, suits LEMO FGG.0B.302 cable plug
DC Output Volt. Display showing average output voltage

The front panel connectors and recommended mating plugs are listed below.

Connector Mating Connector Manufacturer PCB Component
4-Way Screw Terminal TJ0631530000G Amphenol OQ0432510000G
LEMO 00 FFA.00.250 LEMO EPL.00.250
LEMO 0B FGG.0B.302 LEMO EPG.0B.302

The LEMO 0B connector is recommended for applications requiring more than 1 Amp RMS output current. Preassembled LEMO cable assemblies are available here

Rear Panel

Control Type Function
Ground Ground/Earth
Temp Output Internal heatsink temperature, 0.1 V/degree (Celsius)
Overload Output +5V output when the amplifier is disabled or in overload state
Disable Input A voltage from +3V to +24V disables the amplifier

The rear panel connector and recommended mating plug is listed below.

Connector Mating Connector Manufacturer PCB Component
4-Way Screw Terminal TJ0631530000G Amphenol OQ0432510000G

Amplifier Configuration

The amplifier can be configured with an inverting, or non-inverting input, and a gain of either 20 or 10.

Amplifier Configuration Order Code Notes
Non-inverting (default)
Inverting -INV

Table 6. Amplifier configuration

The DC offset control is configurable with a positive or bipolar range. The maximum achievable DC offset is limited by the output voltage range of the amplifier. In general, the positive DC offset range is recommended as this allows direct selection of zero offset; however, the bipolar range may be preferable for amplifiers configured with a negative output range.

The front panel potentiometer can be disabled by enabling a PCB mounted trim-pot. The PCB trim-pot can be set to a required fixed value prior to shipping.

Offset Configuration Order Code Notes
Positive Offset Range (default) Max +200V
Bipolar Offset Range -OR2  Max +/-200V
Front panel source (default)
PCB trim-pot source -OS2 Disables front panel adjustment

Table 7. Offset configuration

Bridged Mode

In bridged mode, two amplifiers are connected in series to double the output voltage range and power.

For example, Figure 5 shows the configuration to obtain +/-200V across the load. A +/-5V signal applied to both inputs produces +/-200V across the load. In bridged mode, only the Output+ terminal from each amplifier is used, the negative output terminal is not connected. Since there is no current returning through the negative terminal, the current monitor is disabled; however, the overload and protection features are unaffected. Common bridged-mode configurations are listed in Table 8.

Figure 5. Bridge mode configuration for obtaining 200V

Load Voltage RMS Current Positive Amp Negative Amp
+/-200V 0.57 A PD200-V100,100 PD200-V100,100-INV
+/-100V 1.2 A PD200-V50,50 PD200-V50,50-INV

Table 8. Common bridge-mode configurations

Overload Protection

The amplifier is protected against short-circuit, over-current, and excessive temperature. During these conditions, the front panel overload indicator will illuminate and the rear-panel Overload signal is +5V.

During an overload or shutdown state, the output is disabled.

When the amplifier is switched on, the overload protection circuit is engaged by default and clears after three seconds.

The amplifier can be shut down by an external source by applying a voltage of between +3V and +24V to the Shutdown input on the rear panel. The impedance of the shutdown input is approximately 5 kΩ.


The enclosure has a side air intake and rear exhaust, which cannot be obstructed. If sufficient airflow is not available, the amplifier will enter a thermal overload state as discussed in “Overload and Shutdown”.

The PD200 can be rack-mounted in a three channel arrangement. The order code is PD200-Rack-X, where X is the number or populated channels (from 1 to 3).


PiezoDrive amplifiers are guaranteed for a period of 3 months. The warranty does not cover damage due to misuse or incorrect user configuration of the amplifier.

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