Monday, 4 March 2013

Current source

A current source is an electronic circuit that delivers or absorbs an electric current which is independent of the voltage across it. A current source is the dual of a voltage source. The term constant-current sink is sometimes used for sources fed from a negative voltage supply. Figure 1 shows the schematic symbol for an ideal current source, driving a resistor load. There are two types. An independent current source sources or sinks a constant current. A dependent current source delivers a current which is proportional to some other voltage or current in the circuit