From the datasheet for the TS971... The absolute maximum differential input voltage is ±1V.

How concerned must I be with that if I am buffering a square wave whose amplitude exceeds 1V? In the buffer configuration, of course, the output is connected to the inverting input, so any change in the non-inverting input will be followed by the exact same change in the inverting input. Does this absolute maximum specification care about short term transients like that or is it just worrying about the case where someone might (for example) try to use the amp as a comparator with a very wide delta?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Insufficient design details on reactive loads and input R's \$\endgroup\$ Aug 31, 2021 at 1:43
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The inputs have dual diodes for ESD protection, so current limiting the inputs is a MUST.

My guess (based on most designs) <5 mA to prevent Vdiff >1V. They have to use really, small Schottky diodes in order to react faster than the gates for ESD protection.

So your feedback and input R must prevent this and meet all "ABS. MAX SPECS" under all conditions.

  • \$\begingroup\$ The input here is high impedance (which is why I need a buffer in the first place), so there should definitely be less than 5 mA of current. The feedback is 0Ω (because buffer), so the only voltage delta should be caused by the propagation delay. \$\endgroup\$
    – nsayer
    Aug 31, 2021 at 2:56
  • \$\begingroup\$ Not quite. A transient load can cause non-linear glitches and the input impedance drops towards 100 Ohms (est. 500mV @5mA) when the diodes conduct at ABS MAX voltage limit. (Then lower Z when exceeded) So a series R is a MUST unless you can guarantee no ESD events etc. load flyback from inductance or surge current from load Capacitance, etc. Balanced R's also improve CMRR \$\endgroup\$ Aug 31, 2021 at 3:07

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