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PD200 - 60W Voltage Amplifier

Piezoelectric Drivers

PD200 V6 Med2

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Electrical Specifications
Output Voltage Ranges 100 Vp-p 150 Vp-p 200 Vp-p
RMS Current 1.2 Amps 0.91 Amps 0.57 Amps
Pulse Current 10.0 Amps 10.0 Amps 10.0 Amps
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 665 uV RMS (10 uF 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 00, LEMO 0B, 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 x5.5 x 2.5 in)
 Weight 1kg (2.2 lb)


The PD200 is a high bandwidth, low noise linear amplifier for driving piezoelectric actuators. 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.

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 0.57A 2A PD200-V0,200
0 to +150 0.91A 2A PD200-V0,150
0 to +100 1.20A 2A PD200-V0,100
0 to +50 1.20A 2A PD200-V0,50
-50 to +150 0.57A 2A PD200-V50,150
-50 to +100 0.91A 2A PD200-V50,100
-50 to +50 1.20A 2A PD200-V50,50
-100 to +100 0.57A 2A PD200-V100,100
-100 to +50 0.91A 2A PD200-V100,50

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
200V 10A 100 us
150V 10A 150 us
100V 10A 400 us
50V 10A 400 us
Maximum peak current duration in the pulse configuration


Maximum pulse time versus current

Power Bandwidth

With a capacitive load, the peak load current for a sine-wave is AVGC_for_TW
where Vpp is the peak-to-peak output voltage, C is the load capacitance and f is the frequency. Given a peak current limit Ipk, the maximum frequency is therefore MF. However, the PD200 is protected by both peak and average current limits. The average current Iav+ is defined as the average positive or negative current. For example, for a sine-wave AVGC_for_SW.   Therefore, for a sine-wave MF2. Since the average current limit of the PD200 is fixed at Iav+=0.26, the maximum frequency sine-wave, or power bandwidth of the PD200, is equal to Power_Bandwidth_F1The above result is true for any periodic waveform such as triangular signals. The RMS current for a sine-wave can also be related to the average current, RMS_for_SW. The power bandwidths for a range of load capacitance values are listed below.

LoadPeak to Peak Voltage
No Load 230 kHz 310 kHz 470 kHz 520 kHz
10 nf 130 kHz 173 kHz 260 kHz 520 kHz
30 nf 43 kHz 58 kHz 87 kHz 173 kHz
100 nf 13 kHz 17 kHz 26 kHz 52 kHz
300nf 4.3 kHz 5.8 kHz 8.7 kHz 17 kHz
1uf 1.3 kHz 1.7 kHz 2.6 kHz 5.2 kHz
3uf 430 Hz 570 Hz 870 Hz 1.7 kHz
10uf 130 Hz 170 Hz 230 Hz 520 Hz
30uf 43 Hz 57 Hz 87 Hz 170 Hz
Power Bandwidth versus Load Capacitance
Power Bandwidth versus voltage and load capacitance

Small Signal Bandwidth


Small signal frequency response
Load CapBandwidth
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
Small signal bandwidth versus load capacitance (-3dB)


The output noise contains a low frequency component (0.03 Hz to 20 Hz) that is independent of the load capacitance; and a high frequency component (20 Hz to 1 MHz) that is inversely related to the load capacitance. Many manufacturers quote only the AC noise measured by a multimeter (20 Hz to 100 kHz) which is usually a gross underestimate.

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 5. The RMS value is 650 uV with a peak-to-peak voltage of 4.3 mV. The noise level is approximately equal to the least significant bit of a 16-bit digital-to-analog converter.


Low frequency noise from 0.03 Hz to 20 Hz. The RMS value is 650 uV, or 4.3 mVp-p

The high frequency noise (20 Hz to 1 MHz) is listed in the table below versus load capacitance. The total noise from 0.03 Hz to 1 MHz can be found by square summing the RMS values, that is SSBW


Load Cap.BandwidthHF Noise (RMS)Total Noise (RMS)
No Load 684 kHz 240 uV 698 uV
10 nf 759 kHz 241 uV 699 uV
30 nF 720 kHz 243 uV 699 uV
100 nF 388 kHz 234 uV 696 uV
300 nF 172 kHz 171 uV 677 uV
1 uF 60 kHz 133 uV 668 uV
3 uF 21 kHz 115 uV 665 uV
10 uF 6.4 kHz 112 uV 665 uV
30 uF 2.4 kHz 98 uV 662 uV
110 uF 940 Hz 85 uV 660 uV
RMS noise versus load capacitance (0.03 Hz to 1 MHz)

Input and Offset Configuration

The input stage is normally non-inverting; however, it can be configured as inverting by changing LK14 and LK15 to their "B" position. The default jumper position is "A" which is marked with a white bar on PCB overlay. The amplifier can be supplied with an inverting input by appending the order code with -INV.

Input ConfigurationCodeLink Positions
Non-inverting (default)   LK14 and LK15 both "A"
Inverting -INV LK14 and LK15 both "B"
Input polarity configuration

The input offset source is also configurable. When LK21 is in the "B" position, the offset is derived from the on-board trim-pot R15, which is adjustable from zero to full-scale. The default configuration for LK21 is in the "A" position where the offset voltage is derived from the front-panel potentiometer.

The standard offset voltage range is from zero volts to full-scale; however, for applications that require negative offset voltages, LK13 can be moved from the "A" to "B" position. In the "B" position, the offset range is from -100V to full-scale.

Offset ConfigurationCodeLink Positions
0V to +200V Range (default)   LK13 "A" Position
-100V to +200V Range -OR2 LK13 "B" Position
Front panel source (default)   LK21 "A" Position
PCB trim-pot source -OS2 LK21 "B" Position
Offset voltage source configuration

Bridged Mode

In bridged mode, two amplifiers are connected in series to double the output voltage range and power. To obtain +/-200V at the load, the amplifiers are configured as illustrated below. Both amplifiers are configured in the +/-100V range and the lower amplifier is also inverting. A +/-5V signal applied to both inputs will develop +/-200V at the output.


Bridged configuration for obtaining +/-200V

Overload Protection

The Shutdown indicator will illuminate during a shutdown caused by an average current overload. During shutdown, the amplifier output current is limited to a few mA and may float to the high or low voltage rail if the load impedance is high or capacitive.

When the amplifier is turned on, the overload protection circuit is engaged by default and will take approximately three seconds to reset.

Output Connections

An actuator can be connected to the amplifier by either screw terminals or the LEMO 00, LEMO 0B, or BNC connectors. The recommended connectors are listed below. The full connector part number will depend on the diameter of the cable and desired strain relief.

OutputConnectorManufacturerPCB Connector
BNC Any BNC Connector TE 1-1634613-0
Terminals 20020004-D041B01LF FC1 20020110-D041A01LF
LEMO 00 FFA.00.250 LEMO EPL.00.250
LEMO 0B FGG.0B.302 LEMO EPG.0B.302
Output connectors

The LEMO 0B connector is recommended in high power applications. Preassembled LEMO cable assemblies are available from

The plug-in screw terminal has contacts for the output voltage, ground, and the positive and negative high-voltage supply rails, which are useful when driving piezoelectric bender actuators.


PD200 Screw terminal connections

Bender actuators can be driven with a single bias voltage, for example 200 V, or bipolar bias voltages, for example +/-100 V. The 200 V unipolar configuration is illustrated below.


Piezoelectric bender actuator connection to the PD200


The PD200 enclosure has a side air intake and rear exhaust. These vents should not be obstructed.

The PD200 amplifiers can be rack-mounted in a three channel arrangement as shown below. The rack panel (19-inch X 2U) is supplied separately and requires some user assembly to mount between one and three channels. The rack order code is PD200-RackPanel.


19 inch rack panel for PD200


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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