Active Filters: 2nd order Tschebychev Bandpass

(Last Updated On: February 6, 2019)

A second order active bandpass filter by cascading two staggered tuned first order bandpass filters is shown, built and tested.

Therefore a dual operational amplifier AD823 is used.

For this example a Tschebychev 1 dB bandpass filter is designed. The filter characteristics are:

The coefficients for the Tschebychev filter taken from the table:

The normalized bandwidth is calculated as:

The used topology is a second order multi-feedback passband. The schematic can be seen in the next figure.

Multifeedback second order filter

The transfer function of a two cascaded second-order bandpass filter is the following:

Defining the quality factor as:

The previous transfer function after operating results into:


  • 𝛼 = Coefficient of comparison.
  • Qi= Quality factor.

As the terms P^2 and P from the previous equations must be equal, two new are obtained. This is a non-linear system of two equations and two incognitas are:

The two incognitas, 𝛼 and Q, are in matlab redefined as follows:

Two equations have to be solved, therefore a matlab script is used to solve the equations by numeric methods. With the following code, the previous functions are declared.

To solve the equations the system is solved with the fsolve. In the command window:

The solution after the iteration is:

  • alpha = 1.0468 ;
  • Qi= 17.8545

Filter calculation

The fourth order filter is built with two second order in series. The obtained value to build a second order multi-feedback topology:

Multi feedback second-order band-pass

For computing the values of the resistors the equations from the book OpAmps for Everyone was used. The code in Matlab has been written:

After the previous code run, results in the following:

These values are rounded and used for the simulation in OrCad on the following part:

  • R1 = 65KΩ
  • R2 = 820KΩ
  • R3 = 630KΩ
  • R4 = 59.8KΩ
  • R5 = 750KΩ
  • R6 = 575KΩ

Simulation of the 4rth order bandpass filter

Before the circuit is physically built, the filter was simulated in OrCad.

OrCad Capture CIS

After obtaining the results from the Matlab, the schematic was implemented in the PSpice.

Cascade multi feedback filter

The output of the simulation of this filter could be seen in the following plot. It could be noticed that this is a bandwidth filter, which starts from 7.040 and reaches 7.9323 KHz.

Bode diagram of the filter

Transient Analysis

In the transient Analysis the AC value is set to zero and the frequency was set to 7.5KHz.

The waveforms are given from the following picture:

Transient analysis for a sine input

The red line represents the output after the filtering and the green line represents the input.

The input is a sine of 1 volt of amplitude. The gain should be 10, but in Tschebychev filters the passband is not exactly flat, therefore the gain can go higher. In this case, the 11 volts are reached.

In this case, the Vinput was set to perform a step response. Below the behaviour could be checked:

Output when a step is being introduced

Monte Carlo analysis

A Monte Calor simulation is performed to view the statistical changes of the filter depending on the components variations. The used resistors have a deviation of 5% and the capacitors 1% of the nominal value.


Bandwidth gain:

Bandwidth gain

From the previous Figure, the mean value can be read 22.2513 dB

Center Frequency:

Center frequency

From the previous figure,  the main lobe can be read at 7389.57Hz

Real Circuit Implementation in a Protoboard

The circuit was built in a prototype board and tested in the lab. The circuit was constructed using short cables and an as intuitive as possible layout. In the following Figure 38:

Filter prototype

In this circuit the value of the resistor is not the same as simulated, because only the standards values are available. be implemented. For keep the circuit simple and not add to much noise with the cables and connection on the prototype board, any parallel or series resistor are used to get a more accurate resistor value. In the case of willing a high accurate filter, a fabrication of a small PCB is highly recommended, to perform a low noise and better result.

The new nominal values of the resistors vary slightly:

R1 = 61.8KΩ
R2 = 816KΩ
R3 = 616KΩ
R4 = 62KΩ
R5 = 749KΩ
R6 = 555KΩ

As in the lab only some resistor E96 were available. The filter changes a bit their corner values, in comparison with the calculated one in the previous part. If an accurate filter is desired, some parallel and series resistor should

Once the filter is measured several measurements were taken sweeping the frequency. All this data were tabulated and shown in the appendix on page 39. The gain is calculated with the oscilloscope, using the measurement “Ratio -cyc(12)”, as it can be seen on the Figure 39.

Pass Band filter measurement for pass frequency

On the previous Figure, it can be seen a frequency inside the pass band, 7.98KHz. On the following Figure a frequency out of the pas band range is shown. On the stop band the signal is attenuated, therefore the gain must be negative, for this case -23dB. The phase is also calculated with the same method.

Pass Band filter measurement for stop frequency

Sweeping the frequency in a range from 1 KHz to 10 KHz a Bode plot was plotted using Matlab. The graphs can be seen in the next figures.

Passband filter

The obtained gain of the circuit was lower than the expected. 20 dB were expected but only around 11 dB was measured on the real circuit. This is due cable attenuations and operational amplifier non-ideal characteristics. The cut-off frequency is inside the expected range.

Bode plot phase diagram

The phase diagram can be seen on the previous Figure, that it goes from 150°to -150°. At the center of the passband the phase between the input and output is zero (as expected). The point at 4.5KHz is an errata, and should be on the positive side.

The simulation was repeated, but now taking the real values used on the circuit built. The results are slightly different from the previous one.

Simulation with the real values
Filter simulation

From the Figure, it can be seen that the lower cut-off frequency is 6.9KHz and the upper cut-off frequency is 7.9KHz. This is the graph that we take from the previous values. As it could be noticed the cursors have been moved 3dB lower from the 20dB amplitude. The maximum value is slighter more than 20dB.

Instrument device list

Instrument Device and model number
Wave generator 33120A
Oscilloscope Agylent DSX0-3014A


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[2] R. Machini, Ops Amps for every one, Texas Instruments.
[3] Analog Devices, “Multiple Feedback Band-Pass design example,” [Online]. Available:
[4] D. R. Okorn, Analog Circuits, FH Joanneum, 2012.

Data measured from the filter

Frequency [Hz] Magnitude [dB] Phase[º]
1300 -29
2000 -29
3000 -27
4000 -22
4500 -18 100
5000 -14 160
5200 -12,5 150
5400 -10,6 140
5500 -9,5 140
5600 -8,5 140
5800 -6,2 140
6000 -3,7 130
6200 -1,1 120
6400 1,6 110
6500 3,1 106
6600 4,5 97
6800 7,1 77
7000 9,2 50
7200 10,4 23
7400 10,9 -6
7600 10,4 -36
7800 9 -66
8000 6,7 -89
8200 4,3 -104
8400 1,9 -115
8600 -0,3 126
8800 -2,3 -130
9000 -4,1 -140
9200 -5,8 -140
9400 -7,2 -140
9600 -8,6 -150
9800 -9,8 -150
10000 -11 -150
10200 -12 -160
10400 -13 -150
10600 -14 -150
10800 -14,6 -150


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