A chip that sends a signal with more current or voltage, or over longer distances.

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Calculating power draw for LEDs and driver (TLC5941)

I am designing a backlit keyboard with 61 white LEDs. These will be individually driven by a TI current limited PWM driver (TLC5941). LEDs: 61 x Osram LCW JNSH.PC (Datasheet) Drivers: 4 x Texas ...
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Simple high side driver for multiplexed 7-segment displays?

How can I best drive and switch high side power (for multiplexing) between the 7 displays with as few components as possible, for under $2. I am trying to simplify a design. I have a custom board ...
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LED driver circuit help needed

Please help me figure out which inductor to use from this datasheet. Sorry - it's in Chinese as this is an Asian sourced IC and not sold in the US. (Use google translate if necessary - but, the ...
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Can a few inexpensive components light a white led from 2 AAA alkaline batteries? [closed]

Please help with finding an energy-efficient LED driver circuit for 2 AAAs(all the way down to 2V), for example for this LED: ...
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Why is a resistor put before the gate of a transistor?

In most of the H-bridge driver circuits I've come across so far, there's a resistor in the path of the signal to the gate/base of the mosfets/BJTs, like in the images below why is it put there ? ...
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Hot MOSFET DC-DC Boost Converter

What: I'm designing a DC-DC Boost converter for a solar panel maxmimum-power-point-tracker (MPPT). Setup: I'm using a TPS2819 MOSFET driver connected to a FQD16N25C N-MOSFET. The TPS2819 is driven ...
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Driving, feeding and similar terms in electronics

My technical background isn't very strong, and I often hear about one circuit "driving" another, or "feeding" it. Although, intuitively, I believe I understand the concept, I am not sure I would be ...
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Can I use a LED Driver to control a Solenoid?

I have on order an LED driver and I want to use it as a simple 12v DC output to control a Solenoid Valve. The Driver says Constant Current & Constant Voltage. I obviously don't want 1A pumped ...
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Severe ringing when high side MOSFET in half bridge circuit switches on

I have designed a PCB (intended as a prototyping building block) that has a IR2113 high and low side gate driver driving two IRF3205 (55V, 8mΩ, 110A) power MOSFETs in half-bridge configuration: ...
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How is possible to connect 3x 100w led lights to a 300w led driver?

Could you explain if is possible to connect 3x lamps of 100w to 300w led driver? The led driver specification is: constant current, 27-36v, 9A. The lights: 1x, 27-30v, 3.5A, and 2x, 30-36, 3A. So, ...
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Porting Linux drivers specifically I2C

I am developing an I2C driver for an accelerometer. My objectives (actually it's the restriction I have as per the project guidelines given in my institute): use Linux flavour of operating systems ...
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Peak current limiting motor

I've got a motor driver which can take 3A. But my motor seems to draw more than 3A as peak current when it's been turned on. And I would like to get rid of that since it blew up my motor driver a few ...
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How to connect SINAMICS V60 driver to RaspberryPi

I have a Siemens motor with SINAMICS V60 driver (10A). Here is the Getting Started Manual (28MB PDF) . I want to connect this driver to the GPIOs of my raspberry Pi board. The purpose is to control ...
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3x CAT4101 parallel with CREE LEDs

I've tested the LEDs with one CAT4101 and they work great, but now it's time to dial it up a notch. I've now got three CAT4101's wired up in parallel to give me 3A to drive two 10W CREE LEDs in ...
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Can a Solenoid be driven from one of the pins of a Servo controller?

Would it be possible to operate a solenoid (e.g. this Plastic Water Solenoid Valve - 12V - 1/2" Nominal, suggested for use with "a TIP120 or N-Channel power FET with a 1N4001 kickback diode to drive ...
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Is it a bus or driver? [closed]

A responsible designer has decided that we have a bus on the right and a buffer on the left. Do you think the same?
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Something better than an H-bridge to drive motor?

Is there something better than an H-bridge to drive two motors using the ATmega8 with a 7V power supply? My teacher said the H-bridge overheats and is bad. Is there a better solution? For instance: ...
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Driving TEC below rated voltage

Can a TEC driving IC such as the MAX1979 rated for TEC voltages up to 6V be used to control a 12V TEC - can TEC work under their rated voltage, with the amount of heat moved controlled by current, or ...
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DRV8835 OCP false trip?

I built a simple motor driver circuit using Texas Instrument's DRV8835 motor driver IC. The IC is driven in IN/IN mode, (the mode pin is left unconnected, pulled down by the internal resistor). VM is ...
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Why use stepper/DC motor driver?

Why use or implement a DC/stepper motor controller? Is it not possible to connect the motor directly to an MCU output pin without the driver?
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How to choose a correct LED PWM driver?

I would like to control an RGB LED via a (vendor specific) microcontroller. However its maximum output current is 60mA whereas my LED requires 100mA. I have seen number of LED driver solutions with ...
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What are the functions of the ULN2003A and HCF4094 within this circuit?

We are building a wordclock and want to know what the following components do within the circuit: ULN2003A driver IC HCF4094 shift register This is the schematic:
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DRV8837 PWM input?

I'm setting up a DRV8837 driver to work with an adjustable DC motor voltage (controlling the rotation speed). The datasheet claims The DRV8837 is controlled using a PWM input interface, also ...
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Removing DC bias current from PWM driven transformer

Previously I asked this question about circuit topologies for driving a transformer by a PWM signal. From the answers and comments under that question, I understood that the DC bias current is ...
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Problem interfacing Platform Cable USB DLC9G

I just started working with FPGAs/CPLDs. Coding and simulation went well and now I wish to program a device. So, I bought the DLC9G programmer plugged it into the USB port. I di not install any ...
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Understanding the relationship of Pulse and Stepper RPM

I have a pretty simple script that I'm using to control the RPM of my stepper motor: ...
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Can I use this high-side driver with arduino?

I have salvaged a PCB with quite few single and multi-channel high side drivers. One of the is VN5E010AH. If I understood datasheet, this chip can drive high voltage using low voltage cmos compatible ...
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When is an analog input amplifier needed?

I'm reading in values that are coming within the ADC's Vref range... 2.5V. Why do all of the datasheets recommend driver amplifiers and what is the purpose of this if the voltage is in range? Is this ...
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Current Controlled Output Using PWM

I am looking to control a proportional valve with a PWM signal that will correlate into exact current amounts (for example a 25% duty cycle will output 200mA, and a 90% duty cycle will produce let's ...
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Help with ICs, 2-digit 7-segment displays, 74HC4515

Can someone show me how to connect two DC56-11YWA 2-digit 7-segment LED displays to an Arduino Uno or Mega2560 using two 74HC4515s? Is there another IC that I will need in addition? I want to display ...
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High and Low Side Driver vs. Half-Bridge Driver

Please excuse me for what I am about to say as this type of area is all completely new to me. I am currently attempting to construct an H-bridge (which is a primer to my attempt in constructing a ...
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Can I use a dual high-side low-side gate driver as a dual low-side driver?

Some background: I am building a 350 VA DC to AC inverter, partly for my own curiosity, but mostly for a senior design project for my bachelor's. What I have with me is monolithic dual high-and-low ...
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Can the output of two 15-amp motor drivers be hooked up in series to achieve a 30-amp tolerance?

I had a cheap 15-amp motor driver that I bought on eBay. You can see product details here. I was planning to use this motor driver to power my robot, which uses two 24v wheelchair motors. Then I ...
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L298N damaged? What to do?

I'm trying to control a DC motor with the L298N motor driver and it worked for a brief moment. I've used the setup mentioned in this video tutorial, but someone in the comments said that with this ...
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Differential Driver Maximum Output Voltage Swing

I'm trying to understand how BTL driver on TI's DRV8662 Piezo Haptic Driver (datasheet) works. What I am confused about is how a 200Vpp output signal can be generated from a driver that only has rails ...
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Writting Joystick drivers for ARM Cortex [closed]

I need to write a driver for Xbox360 joystick controller, using its module and everything. The idea isn't just take the code, I'm really interesting in the theory behind it. Does anyone have any ...
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Motor/driver for smoothest and most constant speed

Which type of motor/controller can maintain the smoothest and most constant speed in the range 300 - 1000 rpm with minimal vibration? ie: low cogging torque, etc. I have an application in mind which ...
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Problem with microstepping mode and A4988POW

I'm trying to use the A4988POW stepper driver in 1/16 micro stepping mode to drive a stepper motor with low stepping frequency (~ 10 steps/s) for tacking an astronomical telescope. However in this ...
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Circuit to dim 40A/12V LED chain with PWM (Arduino output)

We have about 170 feet of LEDs (12VDC, 2.88W/foot) wired up in one chain. Currently they are driven by two switching power supplies (12V/27A). We'd like to control the whole chunk of them together, ...
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Multi Channel High Current LED driver

I am working on my capstone project in electrical engineering and I am looking for a RGB LED driver that can operate 350mA LEDs. I am using 9 RGB LEDs and I would like to get a multichannel LED ...
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Explain how this LED driver circuit will work - is there any way to turn on the LED?

Is there any way to turn on the LED in the below figure? You can apply different voltages at the diode input:
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Is there a standard for writing device drivers for microcontrollers?

I have written device drivers for microcontrollers using AUTOSAR. But I was interested in knowing if there are other standards for device drivers. I am planning to write for TIVA TM4C123GH6PM. It has ...
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Increasing the PWM voltage level from 1.8V to 3.3V

I need PWM pulses of 3.3V, and my micro-controller is giving 1.8V PWM signals. I have a voltage source of 3.3V. One way I am thinking is to use two cascaded inverters(like NOT-GATE) using MOSFETs. Is ...
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A4973 DC motor driver design considerations

I'm dealing with a motor driver circuit connected to a microcontroller (ATmega328). The load is a brush DC motor running at 12V nominal voltage. I need to detect when the motor is stall and for this ...
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linear-control 12V DC fan with 5V low-current (Arduino)

I am trying to control a 12V DC computer fan ... without PWM for longer life and less high-frequency sound emitting Controlled by 5V positive voltage coming from the arduino after a DAC Using a ...
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Weird behaviour of logical mosfet in proteus

I'm trying to drive a P-Mosfet logical from a 2-3Decoder 74HC238, the problem is whatever the Input to the MOSFET's gate, I always get a high output on the drain. Kindly find the attached schematic, ...
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Re-design for common anode instead of common cathode

I have a very simple circuit, and I want to use a tri-color LED to indicate which 1 of 3 outputs is on. I currently have a design that works for a common cathode 4-pin LED. However, I have easier AND ...
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Weird ULN2003 to 7-segment behaviour in Proteus

I'm trying to drive a 7-segment common anode, in the following connection, however there is no output the comes from the ULN2003 at all, its like when it gets a 0 in the input, it gives a tri state ...
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Can I drive a low voltage stepper motor with an A4988 driver?

I have this stepper motor with the following specs: Model: 17HS4417 Rated voltage: 2.55V Rated current: 1.7A Phase resistance: 1.5 ohms Phase inductance: 2.8Mh Holding torque (min): 40N-cm. Detent ...
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How to drive 400W of High-Powered LED's in parallel / series?

I want to create a luminaire (a lighting unit) comprised of the following: 5 Nichia LEDs running @ 70.2W / 39V / 1.8A 6 Cree LEDs running @ 2.2W / 3.2V / 700mA 14 Cree LEDs running @ 1.61W / 2.3V / ...