DIAMOND CIRCUIT CONSIDERATIONS
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The diamond circuit is a gated unity gain amplifier, the principal virtue of which is its extremely high input and output impedance in the Off state. The circuit has a wide variety of uses, but has several drawbacks which limit it at the present time to a few specialized functions. In space electronics, where power is very expensive, the use of diamonds in place of digital elements can provide large savings in power. Diamonds have been flown on several scientific spacecraft including the historic Mariner IV and the recent 16 December 1965 Pioneer VI, both of which are now orbiting the sun.
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