Expt. No.


Objective: The aim of the experiment is to study the operation of cascade amplifier and obtain the frequency response and bandwidth
Components and equipments required: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Oscilloscope (Scope/CRO). Function Generators (FG). DC power supply. Project Breadboard. Resistors. Capacitors. SL100 BJTs Connection Wires. Oscilloscope Probes.

Circuit diagram:

Fig. 1

Theory: A single stage of amplification is not enough for a particular application. The overall gain can be increased by using more than one stage, so when two amplifiers are connected in such a way that the output signal of the first serves as the input signal to the second, the amplifiers are said to be connected in cascade. The most common cascade arrangement is the common-emitter RC coupled cascade amplifier. Common-emitter amplifier exhibit high voltage, high current, and high power gains, so they are very familiar than other configurations. Multistage amplifiers can be used either to increase the overall small signal voltage gain, or to provide an overall voltage gain greater than 1, with a very low output resistance. Figure 1 shows an RC-coupled cascaded amplifier. Capacitors C1 and C2 couple the signal into Q1 and Q2, respectively. C3 is used for coupling the signal from Q2 to its load. If the operation of coupled amplifiers is considered, a complicating factor appears. The addition of a second stage may alter the characteristics of the first stage and thus affect the level of signal fed to the second stage. To compute the overall gain of the amplifier, it is easier to calculate unloaded voltage gain for each stage, then including the loading effect by computing voltage dividers for the output resistance and input resistance of the following stage. This idea is illustrated in figure 2. Each transistor is drawn as an amplifier consisting of an input resistance Rin , an output resistance, Rout along with its unloaded gain, AV(NL).

Fig. 2

Then, the overall loaded gain AV

, of this amplifier can be found by:


For the RC Coupled (CE - CE) multistage amplifier with CE:
Rin1=R1|R2|βre1 Rin2=R3|R4|βre2 Ro1=RC1||Rin2 and Ro2=RC2||RL

Note that if a load resistor was added across the output, an additional voltage divider consisting of the output resistance of the second stage and the added load resistor is used to compute the new gain. If Rin2≫Ro1 and RL≫Ro2

DC Analysis: For 1st stage amplifier:
IB1=Vth1-VBE1Rth1+1+βRE1 Where, Vth1= VR2=VB1=VCCR2R1+R2 and Rth1=RB1=R1||R2 VCE1=VCC-IC1(RC1+RE1) IE1=VB1-VBE1RE1 Stability factor S=1+RB1RE1 For 2nd stage amplifier the analysis is same.

AC Analysis: For 1st stage amplifier: Voltage gain, Av1=-gmRo1 Input resistance, Rin1=RB1||rπ Output resistance, Ro1=RC1||Rin2 For 2nd stage amplifier: Voltage gain, Av2=-gmRo2 Input resistance, Rin2=RB2||rπ

Output resistance, Ro2=RC2||RL Design: Given that
VCC=15V, IC1=1mA, IC2=3mA, RL=100kΩ, Av1=20dB, Av2=25dB, lower 3dB frequency fL=100Hz, Stability factor S=10

For 2nd stage amplifier:
gm=? RC2=? (Use a 100k pot in series with RC2 to get required gain with less distortion at

RE2=? R3=? R4=?

From the above design find Ro2=?, Rin2=?

For 1st stage amplifier:
gm=? RC1=? (Use a 100k pot in series with RC1 to get required gain with less distortion at

RE1=? R1=? R2=?

From the above design find Rin1=? and Ro1=?

For capacitors:
ωL=1C1rπ1, ωL=1CE2'rπ2 ωL=1C2(Ro1+Rin2), ωL=1C3(Ro+RL) , ωL=1CE1'rπ1,

Where CE=(β+1)CE'

Pre-lab Assignments:
1. Find the Q-point of each stage of the circuit shown in fig.1, where R1 = R3 = 20kΩ, R2


3. 4.

= R4 = 10kΩ, RE1=RE2= 1kΩ, RC1=4kΩ, RC2=1kΩ VCC = 15V, VCE1= VCE2=0.2V, VBE1= VBE2=0.6V Re-design the components of the circuit shown in fig. 1 for fL=1kHz Define Power gain, Voltage gain and Current gain. How it represent in dB? What is transition frequency of transistor? Give the typical value for the given transistor. Simulate the circuit given in experiment using SPICE. Compare designed and simulated dc biasing conditions, show input and its corresponding output wave forms, plot frequency response and compare it with designed values.

Model Waveforms: Input Wave form:

Output Waveforms (1st stage and 2nd stage):

Tabular Column: For Single Stage Amplifier:

Input Signal Frequency, f (Hz)

Output Voltage, vo (vpp)

Voltage Gain, Av

Av in dB

For Two Stage Amplifier:

Input Signal Frequency, f (Hz)

Output Voltage, vo (vpp)

Voltage Gain, Av

Av in dB

Simulated Results:

First Stage Mid band gain = 21.9dB Lower cutoff frequency fL = 192Hz Upper cutoff frequency fH = 4.3MHz Bandwidth = 4.3MHz Multi stage Mid band gain = 46.3dB Lower cutoff frequency fL = 257Hz Upper cutoff frequency fH = 4.15MHz Bandwidth = 4.15MHz

Viva Questions: 1. What are the requirements of biasing and coupling circuits in BJT amplifiers? 2. What is the use of CE in RC coupled amplifier and give its influence in frequency response? 3. Give the advantages and disadvantages of cascade amplifier. 4. What is half-power frequency? 5. In amplifiers, why mid frequency gain is independent to frequency? 6. What is bode-plot? 7. What is the method to increase the output voltage swing of an amplifier? 8. How load resistances influence the gain of BJT amplifiers? 9. What is SPICE?