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LSK489 Press Release

Mar 17, 2023

Low-Capacitance Dual N-Channel JFET


Paul Norton, Marketing Director

Linear Integrated Systems, Inc.


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Linear Integrated Systems Announces the Availability of the LSK 489 Low-Noise, Low-Capacitance Dual N-Ch JFET Designed for All (Audio & Non Audio) Low Noise Applications

FREMONT, CALIFORNIA – December 10, 2012 - Linear Integrated Systems, a leading full-service manufacturer of specialty linear semiconductors, announces the immediate availability of its LSK489 1.8 nV at 1K hz, low-capacitance, N-Channel Monolithic Dual JFET.  This is part of a family of ultra-low-noise dual JFETs was specifically designed to provide users better-performing, less-time-consuming, and cheaper solutions for obtaining tighter IDSS matching, and better thermal tracking than matching individual JFETs. 

Available packaged in surface mount and ROHS compliant versions, the LSK489 is an ideal improved functional replacement for the similar JFETs that have much inferior noise characteristics and gate-to-drain capacitance, within space-limited circuits for audio and instrumentation applications. “The LSK489 provides a dramatic increase in capabilities for a wide range of low-noise applications,â€? Linear Systems President and CEO John H. Hall said.  “Designers who were able to build low-noise circuits with our LSK389 will be impressed with what the LSK489 will be able to do for them.â€?

The most significant aspect of the LSK489 is how it combines a noise level nearly as low as the LSK389 while having much lower gate-to-drain capacitance, 4pF versus the 25pF, Hall said.  While the LSK389 provides ultra-low noise of less than a 1nV at 1k, the capacitance is high enough to cause designers to have to use a cascode feature to handle higher bandwidths without intermodulation distortion. 

“The slightly higher noise of the LSK489, versus the LSK389 (0.5 nano volts), is not significant in most instances, while the much lower capacitance enables designers to produce simpler, more elegant circuit designs with fewer devices that cost less in production,â€? Hall said. “Though the cascode is an effective technique for compensating for some undesirable transistor characteristics, the downside of using it is in higher circuit noise.  In a cascode configuration, the noise of each transistor is combined. The LSK489’s lower capacitance obviates the need for a cascode configuration in most circuit designs.â€?

Like the Linear Systems LSK389, the LSK489 features a unique design construction of interleaving both JFETs on the same piece of silicon to provide excellent matching and thermal tracking, as well a low-noise profile having nearly zero popcorn noise.

The LSK489 is available in surface-mount SOIC-8, thru-hole TO-71 packages and smaller SOT23-6 packages.  Lead-Free, ROHS compliant versions are available. Linear Integrated Systems’ domestic factory stock guarantees short lead times, ensuring no disruption in production schedules.

Summary of Features:

  • Low Noise(typically 1.8 nv/hz @ 1khz)

  • Nearly Zero Popcorn Noise

  • IDSS matching to 10% max

  • Low Offset/Tight Matching (|Vgs1- Vgs2| = 20mV max)

  • Low Capacitance (CISS=4 pf)

  • High Input Impedance

  • High Breakdown Voltage (BVGSS = 40V Min)

  • Low noise, reduced device count alternative for the classic (2) Dual JFET Cascode Configuration

  • Improved replacement for Siliconix U401 series and the Linear Systems 844 series

  • Surface mount SOIC versions and the smaller SOT23-6 package

  • Lead-Free ROHS Compliant versions available


Microphone amplifiers; phono preamplifiers; audio amplifiers and preamps; discrete low-noise operational amplifiers; battery-operated audio preamps; audio mixer consoles; acoustic sensors; sonic imaging; and instrumentation amplifiers; wideband differential amplifiers; high speed comparators; impedance converters

Price: US$5.38 each (1,000 pcs.)

Availability: Sampling now in SOIC-8, TO-71 and SOT23-6  package options

Delivery: Factory Stock


Linear Integrated Systems for assistance with application or special testing issues.

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About Linear Integrated Systems

Linear Integrated Systems is a 25-year-old, third-generation precision semiconductor company providing high-quality discrete components.  Expertise brought to Linear Integrated Systems is based on processes and products developed at Amelco, Union Carbide, Intersil and Micro Power Systems by company President John H. Hall.  Hall, a protégé of Silicon Valley legend Dr. Jean Hoerni, was the director of IC Development at Union Carbide, co-founder and vice president of R&D at Intersil, and founder/president of Micro Power Systems.

Linear Integrated Systems is a U.S.-based, full-service manufacturer of specialty linear products with headquarters in Fremont, California.  The company's small-signal discrete product lines are specifically designed to service the new design and second-source requirements of customers in the audio, hybrid, medical, space, test and measurement markets.  The product line includes: BIFET Amplifiers, Bipolar Transistors, Current Regulating Diodes, JFETs, High Speed Lateral DMSO Switches, Low Leakage Diodes, and MOSFETs.

Linear Integrated Systems supplies pin for pin replacements for more than 2,000 discrete devices currently offered or discontinued by Interfet, Intersil, Micro Power Systems, Motorola, National, Fairchild, Toshiba, and Siliconix-Vishay.

Engineers are invited to contact Linear Integrated Systems for assistance with application or special testing issues.

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