LM4871 Audio Power Amplifier Pinout, Examples and Applications

The LM4871 is a mono bridged audio amplifier with a shutdown feature. It can deliver continuous average power of 3W to 3Ω load. The total harmonic distortion here is 10% provided the supply voltage is 5V.  LM4871 has a power shut down mode in which power saving is made by applying to the shutdown pin. The typical value for shut down mode is typically 0.6 µA. LM4871 produces high power exact power audio output. It bypasses the use of a large number of external components. It operates well between the voltages of 2.0-5.5V.

Coupling capacitors, bootstrap capacitors, and snubber circuits are not required to be used for the operation of LM4871. This property makes an LM4871 audio amplifier ideal for its use as portable systems. Generally, stability is an issue at the lowest closed-loop gain but LM4871 is highly unity-gain stable. The gain can be adjusted using external resistors and power shut down protection is also wisely incorporated.

Pinout Diagram LM4871 audio amplifier

The MSOP, small outline and DIP packages come as 8-pin ICs. The pin configuration diagram is given below and the table lists all explanations of all pins with the functionality of each pin.

LM4871 pinout diagram audio amplifier IC

1 (Shutdown)This pin is for shutdown mode selection
2 (Bypass)This pin for connecting bypass pin capacitor
3 (Non-Inverting Input +IN)This pin is for applying inverting input voltage
4 (Inverting Input -IN)This pin is for applying non-inverting input voltage
5 (Output Voltage )This pin is for obtaining output voltage-terminal one
6 ( VDD)This pin is for applying fixed biasing voltage
7 (Ground GND)This pin is for connecting ground
8 (Output Voltage )This pin is for obtaining output voltage-terminal two

Another available package, apart from DIL packages i.e. 8 and 14 pins, is LLP as LM4871LD.

LLP package LM4871

LM4871 Features and Specifications

LM4871 avoids the usage of output coupling capacitors, bootstrap capacitors and snubber circuits. It ensures unity-gain stability. It is available as LLP, MSOP, SO and DIP packaging. The gain can simply be adjusted externally. The pins have compatibility with LM 4861. The operational features of LM4871 are shown as:

Supply Voltage (V)5.5
Quiescent Power Supply Current (mA)10
Shut Down current (µA)2
Output Offset Voltage (mV)50
Output Power (W)2.38
Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise (%)0.13/0.25
Power Supply Rejection Ratio (dB)60
Supply Temperature (°C)-65 to +150
Junction Temperature (°C)150
Soldering Info. SOP Package- Vapor Phase (60s) (°C)215
Soldering Info. SOP Package- Infrared (15s) (°C)220

Where and How to Use LM4871 Audio Amplifier

To use this audio amplifier in any electronics circuit, you should have a clear understanding of all pins. Let’s start with an example using an Audio power amplifier. Input resistance Ri is connected to pin 4 where the audio input signal is fed through a capacitor Ci in series with. This resistance-capacitor combination in actual forms a high pass filter with cut-off frequency given by f= 1/2πRiCi. It ensures the blocking of DC voltages. Rf and Ri determine the closed loop gain. Rf is connected between pin 4 and 5. Cs is connected to pin no. 6 and supply voltage in such a way that it provides supply filtering. A capacitor CB is connected to bypass pin no 2 to achieve half-supply filtering. For power shutdown mode, Iq equal to 0.6 µA is achieved when the supply voltage is applied at shut down pin no. 1. Pin no. 7 is grounded while the audio output is obtained between pins 5 and 8. A typical audio power amplifier Example is shown below.

LM4871 Example

LM4871 Example circuit diagram

In this example, one amplifier output acts as an input to another audio power amplifier. In this circuit, both amplifiers generate an output having same magnitude but `180 degrees out of phase with each other.


The real-life applications of LM4871 are:

  • Portable computers
  • Desktop computers
  • Low voltage audio systems
  • Guitar amplifier
  • Keyboard amplifier
  • Talking toys
  • Hi-Fi devices
  • Radio wave transmitter

2D Diagram Audio Power Amplifier IC

To make PCB design, you might also need to consult the 2D dimension diagram of IC. This picture shows 2D dimension diagram from the datasheet for the PDSO package.  You can download the datasheet given at the end for more details.

2D Dimensions diagram

Download LM4871 DataSheet

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