Allowing for the flow of power or information without shared electrical nodes

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Grounding a 30KVA isloation transformer

My company does audio visual services. When we use a single 120/208 VAC Three-phase "Y" power source for lighting, audio and video we get noise caused by the lighting dimmers injected into the audio ...
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Purpose of deleting internal PAD

I just learned today that, when you're routing the board you can delete the pad of through hole connectors on the internal layout. Some company even ask to delete all the internal pad that are not ...
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Switching Regulator Ground Moating

I have a DC-DC switching regulator that operates at switching frequency of 260Khz that steps down a 28vdc to 3.3Vdc. On the same PCB I have a microcontroller and would like to have it's ground plane ...
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Effect of an isolation transformer on leakage current

How do isolation transformers affect the leakage current through protective earth in a system? Scenario 1: Mains is directly connected to circuit. Metal enclosure has a protective earth connection ...
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In what order should I isolate and attenuate an audio signal?

I have a cheap bluetooth audio module (with no documentation) that outputs a signal greater than line-level. It was probably designed to be connected directly to small speakers, since the ground on ...
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What are options for an optically-isolated power supply?

I'm considering options for an isolated power supply (1mA @3V) with very low noise pickup and capacitance to mains/ground. Is there a simple optically-isolated solution, preferably using an ...
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Power regulation and isolation for low current device

I'm looking for a solution to regulate power and provide isolation for a 3.3VDC system. I am using a 5VDC 500mA power supply that needs to be regulated to 3.3VDC with isolation to protect analog ...
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How much is a transformer's secondary floating?

Consider an isolation transformer with its secondary referenced to ground via a resistance R as in the following picture. simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab If R ...
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Can 0V from an isolated source arc to earth ground?

I have a high voltage bus bar (~300-400VDC) that is powered by a variac. This sits in a case that has other electronics that are powered by a step down transformer (120VAC to 24VAC, then rectified to ...
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Understanding to isolating sensor input capacitance

The circuit given above is pH sensor buffer circuit, picture taken from here. This circuit have pH sensor input and gives an output that can be read by multimeter which is U2's OUT_ pin . U1 is here ...
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How do I pick an inductor(s?) for an LC filter on a power rail?

I'm using a TI SN6501 transformer driver to provide an isolated power supply for a project I'm working on. However, it is imperative that the output power rail be as clean and noiseless as possible, ...
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Mains isolation is mandatory for UL/CE/CSA compliance and other certification?

I have a design with a non user accesible low voltage section. Is mandatory to do mains isolation to pass succesfully UL/CE/CSA despite my low voltage section is not accesible for user?
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Isolation for loop powered devices with limited power

I am implementing 4~20mA Transmitter that consist of a MCU, a current DAC, and an ADC for measuring an analog signal. I would like to electrically isolate the analog signal from the loop current so ...
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Unregulated Forward Converter for Galvanic Isolation

It seems to me that I could use an unregulated forward converter to provide galvanic isolation and then use a DC-DC converter to provide the voltage regulation. I'd use a two switch forward converter ...
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Optoisolated Feedback Pin Operation

In the case of galvanically isolated AC to DC converters, a controller IC is used to regulate the output voltage of the converter. The feedback pin is fed a signal from an optoisolator driven by the ...
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What is the source of leakage current thru an isolation transformer?

I want to use my oscilloscope to check the cleanliness of the output a high-voltage power supply (electrophoresis type, up to 3000 volts DC). I built a 100:1 voltage divider (out of 2 resistors - ...
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DIY Isolated Power Strip?

Would it not be ok / safe to take a surge protector style power strip, cut the mains cable in the middle (or maybe slice it open and just fish out the load and neutral wires so that the ground wire is ...
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isolation between lcd 20*4 lcd and tm4c123 [closed]

power suply required for my launchpad is 3.3 v and that required for lcd is 5 v. I want to isolate lcd and launchpad. What should I do? do i need to put optoisolator between each pin of lcd and ...
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Ground loop noise goes away when heater comes on [closed]

I have a ground loop or something in a stereo wiring. I have 3 stereo's connected all with the same inputs(fanout). One stereo several feet away from the other two has an annoying amount of hum. ...
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Isolated DC/DC Converter - Purpose of Capactor connecting two GNDs?

I've been looking at board mount isolated DC/DC converters to use in an application. I found this rather reasonably priced for my needs. Here is what I'm confused about, what is C103 doing here? Isn't ...
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FPGA power input isolation

I am working on a design that has at least a dozen FPGA's. In the past I have had an FPGA get damaged by a faulty voltage regulator and short out the supply input to ground.Chasing down which FPGA ...
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DIY HV Tube Isolation Transformer

I am making a bench top tube power supply from salvaged transformers. I want to make it as safe as possible so I am checking here before the build. The two 120V/20V transformers have electrostatic ...
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Why is it important for mains power supplies to be isolated?

In all the computer power supplies and other power supplies I've taken apart, I've noticed they are fully isolated from the mains. Galvanic isolation through transformers, and often optical isolation ...
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Why are we not always isolating the mains supply?

Something struck me: to protect people, the neutral of the supply is connected on the supplier side to Earth, so that leakage through ground is detected when for example someone touches the phase ...
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Isolation on outputs

To measure a voltage in a (potentially dangerous) external system, people typically use a differential amplifier or even an isolation amplifier, something like this: simulate this circuit ...
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RS-485 isolation required?

I would like to confirm my understanding. Suppose I'm want to have two battery-powered MCUs inside an (unmanned) aircraft communicate with each other via RS-485. If those MCUs are powered from the ...
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Is using a transformer at reduced voltage a bad idea?

My Google is failing me. I want to make an isolated AC voltmeter capable of working at 120 or 240 VAC. I've found a suitable 240 volt to 5 volt transformer to use (current capacity doesn't matter - ...
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Class II isolated power supply (wall wart) — referencing the output to mains neutral?

If you connect the - terminal of a Class II (isolated) wall-wart-type power supply to the neutral of the mains circuit feeding the wall wart, will that cause any damage or hazards that I should be ...
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Low component count isolated contact closure without power on the remote side

Other answers here show a common way to allow a microcontroller to cause a contact closure (button press) within another device in an isolated fashion: use an optoisolator. I have the reverse ...
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Optocouplers for purposes other than galvanic isolation?

In the diagram below there are two modules, A and B, which are separated by a physical distance of about 15m. Module A has a 12V DC power input. Module A powers module B (they share a common ground). ...
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Using a ferroresonant regulating transformer as an isolation transformer

I'm looking to use a (surplus, NOS) Sola (catalog number 22212) ferroresonant voltage regulating transformer (120V primary and secondary) as a low-power isolation transformer (4A) in case I need to ...
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Full Speed USB Isolator

Can anyone suggest a way to galvanicaly isolate a USB Full Speed (12Mb/s) signal with a solution height of less than 2mm? Parts like the ADUM3160 (link) and ADUM4160 exist but they are too tall for my ...
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Are IC sockets suitable for mains voltage?

I need to derive a low-voltage galvanically isolated 50 Hz signal from 230 V mains. I'll use an opto-isolator for this. I'd like to use IC sockets for all ICs in this personal one-off project. ...
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Earth alternative

I'm designing an industrial machine which is AC motor derived. There are sensitive analog sensors (e.g. Load cell) in the system and in the user's site, Unfortunately earth connection is not ...
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Oscilloscope ground and unit under test ground issue

I am working with an instrument which has a supply of 230V AC or 400V DC. AC source is isolated at the input via 1:1 transformer and DC source is a floating supply. I have a Yokogowa DL1620 ...
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Relay alternatives that are silent and support 500mA+

What can I use as a silent "general-purpose" relay alternative? There are various scenarios where I will need a relay-like device that allows me to control one circuit with a separate isolated ...
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Need to isolate panel meters from each other?

I have a computer power supply I am planning to use for electronics work. I was planning to make a box with voltmeter/ammeter panel meters on each output voltage (3.3V, 5V, 12V, -12V). I have read ...
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How to decide whether or not to use isolation in a circuit that has a microcontroller and a 48V DC supply?

A potential divider connects a 48V(worst-case) battery supply and a micro-controller for voltage sensing. Is it enough if I take care of the resistor values of the potential divider so as to limit the ...
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Is it possible to use capacitor for isolation instead of optocoupler?

I designed a Buck converter which drives several LEDs. The PWM signal, which has a certain fixed duty cycle, is generated by a 555 timer IC. The circuit which drives the Buck MOSFET, including the ...
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Why are the high voltage overhead power lines with the same potential being isolated?

Photo #1 Photo #2 Photo #3 - A zoom of Photo #1 Photo #4 - A zoom of Photo #2 I shot these photos while travelling in a highway. In each line-group has three separate lines. I think that the ...
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Need to isolate my ammeter (measuering and powering the unit from same power source)

I have a problem and Im not sure what the best way is to address this. I converted an ATX PC power supply to use as a lab power supply I installed a digital volt meter and a digital ammeter. To power ...
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Noisy Voltage Rails (Vcc, Gnd) - Noise Isolation for Automotive Circuit

I have an audio (mic, speaker) circuit that I am currently powering off of a 12V car adapter that is fed into a 10V switching DC regulator to power the rest of the circuit. I have noticed a horrendous ...
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How do metal cases work with connectors & isolation?

I have troubles understanding how do metal cases behave in some cases. Case 1: I made passive attenuation box for amplifier(basically L-pad resistor), simple configuration: Amplifier => attenuation ...
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ADuM1301 digital isolator - PCB layout question

We are using the ADuM1301 digital isolator in one of our designs. The PCB layout section from the data sheet states: In applications involving high common-mode transients, care should be ...
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Ground coupling a high voltage source with the A_GND and D_GND

I have a device that measures the current in the mains through a 0.01 Ohm 20W shunt resistor. The voltage across the shunt is amplified by a op amp and feed into a uC's ADC for farther calculations. ...
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What is the difference between TO-220F and TO-220FP cases?

Google search results implies TO-220FP to be full-pack case. Wikipedia says that TO-220F is full-pack case. Farnell categorizes TO-220F and TO-22FP differently. I'm confused. What is the difference ...
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Passing control voltages to multiple isolated power supply channels

I'm designing a programmable bench power supply (PS) that has multiple isolated channels (each powered by a separate transformer winding). I like the idea of isolated channels so that multiple ...
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home brew isolated oscilloscope lead

The ground clip for an oscilloscope lead is normally connected within the instrument to the power supply earth, and there are surprising circumstances where this could matter. The situation is very ...
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How to make a RF Additive Mixer for two inputs in same frequency band?

One of the most common designs for a SSB modulator (phase shift method) involves an additive mixer as the very last stage. Here is a block diagram for reference: This additive mixer must provide ...
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Do I need to isolate the output voltage feedback in SMPS?

I almost finish with my Half-Bridge SMPS design. I'm now designing the output voltage feedback to the controller stage. The controller stage drives both MOSFET transistor through an isolation ...