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element14 Rolls Out Op-Amp-a-Palooza Design Challenge

An op-amp is a DC-coupled high-gain electronic voltage amplifier with a differential input and, typically, a single-ended output.

element14 has revealed Op-Amp-a-Palooza, an open-ended exploration of op-amps using low-cost components.

element14 Op-Amp-a-PaloozaMembers of the element14 Community can participate in Op-Amp-a-Palooza and win the chance to receive an operational amplifier (op-amp) kit provided by Renesas, Microchip, and Maxim for sharing their unique project proposals.

“We love the versatility of op-amps,” said Dianne Kibbey, Global Head of Community and Social Media for the element14 Community. “The possibilities are endless, from building amplifiers and buffers to current measurement, audio vs. RF vs. HT, precision circuits, and more. We can’t wait to see what creative projects the members of our imaginative community dream up.”

An op-amp is a DC-coupled high-gain electronic voltage amplifier with a differential input and, typically, a single-ended output.

It got its name by being able to be configured to perform arithmetic operations.

In this configuration, an op-amp produces an output potential that is typically 100,000 times larger than the potential difference between its input terminals.

Op-Amp-a-Palooza is open now through April 25th. Participants can submit a project proposal, sharing what they could build using an op-amp bundle, including the specific steps needed to complete the project.

The grand prize winner will receive an op-amp testing kit, including an Arbitrary Waveform Generator, a bench power supply, a handheld oscilloscope, and a $200 shopping cart.

In addition, three first-place winners will receive an arbitrary waveform generator, a bench power supply, a USB oscilloscope, and a $100 shopping cart. Winners will be announced on May 4th.

Participants looking for inspiration for their Op-Amp-a-Palooza submissions can review recent creative projects developed in the community featuring the op-amps, including:

  • An Amplified Stereo Mic Kit
  • A Phonograph Preamplifier
  • A Smart Coin Sorter

The element14 Community is the first community specifically built for engineers and now has over 800,000 engineer, maker and designer members.


Aishwarya Saxena

A book geek, with creative mind, an electronics degree, and zealous for writing.Creativity is the one thing in her opinion which drove her to enter into editing field. Allured towards south Indian cuisine and culture, love to discover new cultures and their customs. Relishes in discovering new music genres.

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