PDu100B Miniature Piezo Driver

The PDu100B is a complete miniaturized power supply and linear amplifier for driving piezoelectric actuators. The PDu100B provides variable gain and offset, switchable voltage ranges, and the choice between unipolar and bipolar inputs and outputs. The PDu100B can drive two-wire piezoelectric actuators and benders up to +/-100 V and three-wire piezoelectric benders and stack actuators up to +100 V. Applications include piezoelectric valves, motors, pumps, MEMs, and ultra low-power positioning and manipulation systems.

The PDu100B is protected against current overload and excessive temperature. A shutdown pin is also provided that reduces supply current to 1 mA when pulled low. The PDu100B can be used as a stand-alone module or mounted to a base with four M2.5 threaded spacers. The PCB mounting version (PDu100B-PCB) is supplied with headers for direct mounting on a host motherboard.

PDu100B Miniature Piezo Driver
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Compatible Actuators

Stack Actuators 60V, 100V
Plates and Tubes Up to +/-100V
Two Wire Benders Up to +/-100V
Three Wire Benders 0 to 100V with 100V bias


Power Supply 3 V to 5.5 V
Max Unipolar Output +60 V +90 V +100 V
Max Bipolar Output +/-60 V +/-90 V +/-100 V
RMS Output Current 89 mA 60 mA 33 mA
Average DC Current 40 mA 18 mA 15 mA
Power Bandwidth 5.3 kHz 3.5 kHz 3.2 kHz
Peak Output Current 100 mA
Signal Bandwidth 60 kHz (unloaded)
Dimensions 39 x 25 mm (1.5 x 1 in)
Weight 5.5 g (0.2 oz)
Gain 27.5 V/V
Unipolar Input Z 100 kOhm
Biipolar Input Z 20 kOhm
Input Offset +/-100 mV
Load Capacitance Unlimited
Overload Protection Thermal and current
Noise 70mV RMS (10uF Load)
Environment 0 to 70 C (32 to 158 F)
Quiescent Current 25 mA (1 mA in Shutdown)

Connection Diagram

PDu100B Miniature Piezo Driver

PDu100B Connection Diagram


The amplifier operation is illustrated by the block diagram below. A boost converter generates a high-voltage rail to supply a pair of complementary amplifiers. A single output can be used to drive a unipolar load up to +100 V or both outputs can be used to produce ±100 V.

The input is selectable between a unipolar signal biased at half the supply voltage or a bipolar signal. The amplifier gain is 27.5 so a 3.6 Vp-p input will produce a 100 Vp-p output. Both amplifier channels are biased at half the output range, e.g. 50 V for the 100 V range.

PDu100B Block Diagram

PDu100B Block Diagram

Example ApplicationsPDu100B Miniature Piezo Driver -


The PDu100B can be configured to suit a wide variety of applications. The output voltage range is selected by Switch 1 (S1) as shown below.

S1.1 S1.2 Unipolar Range Bipolar Range
On On 100 V +/-100V
On Off 90 V +/-90V
Off On 70 V +/-70V
Off Off 60 V +/-60V

Output voltage range configuration

The input type can be configured to either unipolar or bipolar with Switch 2 (S2), as shown below.

Input Type S2.1 S2.2 Input terminal Input Range
Unipolar On Off Vup 0.5 Vs +/- 1.8V
Bipolar Off On Vbp +/- 3.6V

Input type configuration

The overall system gain is determined by the configuration of the input and output. The possible combinations are listed below.

Input Type Output Type Gain Input Range Output Range
Unipolar Unipolar 27.5 0.5 Vs +/- 1.8V 100 V
Unipolar Bipolar 55 0.5 Vs +/- 1.8V +/-100 V
Bipolar Unipolar 13.75 +/- 3.6V 100 V
Bipolar Bipolar 27.5 +/- 3.6V +/-100 V

System gain and voltage range

Both outputs are biased at approximately half the HV bus voltage \(V_{HV}\), e.g. 50 V with a 100 V range. The output voltage equations are listed below.

Input Type Output Type Output Equation
Unipolar Unipolar \( 27.5 \times \left(V_{up}-\frac{V_S}{2} \right) + \frac{V_{HV}}{2} \)
Unipolar Bipolar \( 55 \times \left(V_{up}-\frac{V_S}{2} \right) \)
Bipolar Unipolar \( 13.75 \times V_{bp} + \frac{V_{HV}}{2} \)
Bipolar Bipolar \( 27.5 \times V_{bp} \)

System gain and voltage range

The HV bus voltage (and bias output) can be varied by 10% using the trimmer R15. The gain and output voltage ranges can be customized by contacting info@piezodrive.com.

Offset Voltage

The trim pot R15 adjusts the DC offset voltage, which has a range of +/- 250 mV.

Output Current

The maximum RMS and average DC output current for each voltage range is listed below. The average DC current is the average current flowing in either the positive or negative direction. For a sine wave, the average DC current is related to the RMS current by

$$I_{av}=\frac{\sqrt{2}}{\pi} I_{rms}$$

Voltage Range RMS Current Average Current
60 V 89 mA 40 mA
70 V 67 mA 30 mA
90 V 60 mA 18 mA
100 V 33 mA 15 mA

Maximum RMS and average DC output current

For periods less than 100 us, output currents of approximately 100 mA are possible. This is useful for achieving small, high-speed step changes in the output voltage.

Power Bandwidth

The power bandwidth is the maximum frequency periodic signal that can be reproduced without distortion. The power bandwidth calculator determines the maximum operating frequency and required power for a given load capacitance. The calculator includes the effects of current limit, slew-rate, and signal bandwidth.

The calculator does not include the time-constant of the peak current limit, and therefore may become inaccurate when the power bandwidth is below 50 Hz.

Signal Bandwidth

The unloaded small signal bandwidth of the PDu100B is approximately 60 kHz. With a capacitive load, the signal bandwidth is predetermined to be ten times greater than the power bandwidth, that is

$$ f_{bw} = \frac{1}{1700 C_L} .$$ The small signal bandwidth for a range of load capacitances is plotted below and listed in the following table.

PDu100B Signal Bandwidth versus Load Capacitance

Signal Bandwidth versus Load Capacitance


The output voltage of the PDu100B contains switching noise from the boost converter and random noise from the high-voltage amplifier. With a 5 V supply and 100 V output range, the measured noise (Fluke 189) is listed below.

Load Capacitance (uF) Signal Bandwidth Noise (RMS)
10 nF 30 kHz 550 mV
30 nF 19 kHz 450 mV
100 nF 5.9 kHz 350 mV
300 nF 1.9 kHz 280 mV
1 uF 590 Hz 190 mV
3 uF 190 Hz 120 mV
10 uF 59 Hz 70 mV
30 uF 19 Hz 50 mV

Signal bandwidth and noise

The output voltage noise can be reduced by using an output resistance to reduce the bandwidth. The correct circuit configurations for different applications are illustrated below.

PDu100B Noise Reduction Circuit

Noise Reduction Circuit

To determine the output resistance required for a particular noise level, the required bandwidth should be selected from the figure below. The correct resistance can then be calculated from

$$ R_O = \frac{1}{2 \pi f_{bw} C_L } – 270 ,$$

PDu100B Output Noise versus Bandwidth

RMS Noise versus Bandwidth

The noise measurements are performed with a static input voltage. When current is drawn from the output, the ripple will increase due to action from the boost converter.

Power Dissipation

With a capacitive load, power dissipation is the product of supply voltage and average current, that is

$$ P_D = V_S \times I_{S(av)} $$ When operating at full power bandwidth, the worst-case power dissipation is approximately 2.5 W. The thermal impedance of the PDu100B from junction to ambient is 30 K/W. Therefore, the maximum temperature rise is approximately 75 degrees C above ambient.

If full-power operation is required at ambient temperatures exceeding 50 degrees C, a 21 mm heat-sink is recommended on the bottom surface. This also requires the connectors to be mounted on the opposite side of the PCB (e.g. Wakefield 624-45ABT3). The order code for a device with unmounted connectors and heat-sink kit is PDu100B-HS.

Enable / Shutdown

The Enable pin can be pulled low to disable the amplifier and reduce the quiescent current to 1 mA. It can be driven by a logic output or an open collector output. The recovery time after a shut-down is 2 ms.

Overload Protection

The PDu100B is protected against over-current and thermal overload. If the temperature exceeds 150 degrees C, the amplifier will be disabled until the temperature reduces.


The lateral dimensions are shown in Figure 10 and Figure 11. The mounting holes are designed for an M2.5 threaded spacer. The left elevation of the standard and PCB mounting version (PDu100B-PCB) are shown in Figure 12 and Figure 13. An Altium schematic and footprint library is available for download.