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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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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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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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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 ...
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What is an appropiate way to isolate a DC signal?

The question might sound kind of funny, but I'm unsure how else to word it. So... Pictures!! Currently, I have a setup like this: simulate this circuit – Schematic created using ...
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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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Ways to isolate DC power source

I need to isolate my circuit from the power source of 5V dc. Since this is for medical use, and the device is powered by USB, the isolation needs to be at least 4kVrms, 5mm clearance, 8mm creapage ...
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When an isolation transformer is not enough? [closed]

I work for a fairly large church and we have powered line array speakers that do not have attenuators in them. Over time a ground loop occurred from the stage lighting causing a very distracting ...
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Isolating polarities on a series wired battery bank

Can anyone, with 100% certainty (that means you know what you are talking about) tell me how to "isolate" the positive from the negative posts electrically in one direction so I have a true 'positive' ...
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1:1 isolation transformer fuse on secondary side - an option?

We sometimes use an old self build 1:1 isolation transformer (150VA) in our company to isolate devices under test. It is equipped with a primary 500mA fuse (slow) in series with a on/off switch. ...
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Separating / Isolating the circuit blocks

I was designing the circuit of a superhet receiver, block by block. Needless to say, my concern is how would I separate the various blocks. In other words, how would I interconnect the blocks ( not ...
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Galvanic Isolation with Voltage Equalization?

I need to equalize the ground voltage between the input and output of an isolated DC-DC power supply while still maintaining galvanic isolation. Is there a way to do this? The reason I need this is ...
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Isolation Transformer Safety

I recently purchased an armax 230 ISOTRAN Model 1521. I can’t find it on the web anywhere, and from what I understand it is an isolation transformer that takes in 115 VAC and outputs about 210 VAC. ...
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Low power Analog signal Isolation

In my project, the current budget is very tight. With less than 1mA, I have to isolate sensor's signal voltage and be able to measure it with ADC on the other side of the isolation barrier. What I ...
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Isolate two Arduino analog inputs

I have a stereo VU meter. (Audio in on Arduino pins A0 and A1 and GND to common GND also 32ohm resistors going to GND on A0 and A1 to simulate coming speakers) Now my problem is software architecture ...
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Isolating PWM From H-Bridge

I have a H-bridge based on FAN7392 drivers. This bridge works at 350VDC to output a approximately 240V 50Hz waveform. This circuit is isolated from rest of the board and I would like to maintain the ...
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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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Should AC voltage supplied to an external device through a relay be electrically isolated from the main power source of the enclosure?

Given a power supply in an electrical enclosure powered by 120 VAC. An I/O device will trigger a relay with a 24 VDC control. The signal from the I/O device will enable the relay for a set duration. ...
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Are there any disadvantages using magnetic couplers instead of opto-couplers?

I'm trying to find the disadvantages of using magnetic couplers versus opto couplers (1). I'm deciding which of the two I should use to create a galvanic isolation between two PCB's that are going to ...
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What is this Circuit's function? Does it involve Isolation?

My question is: Does this circuit isolate the "X Volts" lines from ground (1) If not, how should I implement an opto-coupler to provide isolation between the data lines ("X Volts") and ground? ...
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How to work out or calculate this circuit?

I'm not an engineer, I understand a lot but I fail to understand how it works and how to calculate this for a 24vdc input:
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Isolation of CAN-High and CAN-Low signals [closed]

I have to isolate the signals CAN-High and CAN-Low on a CAN bus. Is there an isolated CAN repeater (something like IXXAT's CAN-Repeater - 110 × 75 × 22 mm) which would be ...
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Why AC points on PCB are separated by a hole

I want to find out why, in professional PCB's, they separate between the AC (220 VAC) points on the PCB with a hole in the PCB: Is it for more isolation between the AC lines? Is leaving a distance ...
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I2C isolation; 3kV

I am working on a high-side current sensor, where the high-side is around 3kV. I have come to the conclusion, with some help from you kind folks, that it is best that I float the majority of my ...
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How to isolate DS2406 switch from mains? [closed]

I would like to use a DS2406 1-wire control chip to switch a mains load. Isolation is required and I would like to use the 1-wire supply. There are no power supply at the remote end, only 1-wire ...
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Powering an AMC1200 Isolation Amp

I need to measure a very small current at the high-side of a circuit. The high side is at 3000VDC. The measurement needs to ultimately be in the form of a signal with a peak of no more than 5V, so ...
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Proper power design for a USB device

I'm designing a USB device that I want to be powered eintirely from a wall wart and have a couple questions concerning the power connections and ground loops. 1) If I connect the USB GND pin to ...
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Why DisplayPort cables must isolate the power pin?

I've been investigating why my 2560×1440 DisplayPort monitor and my mini-DisplayPort MacBook Air don't play along, and, it turns out, this is likely due to a wire in the cable that connects the two ...
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Isolate wires soldered on PCB

I'm soldering some cables on a PCB. They are are stranded, so I've first apply a bit of soldering on them and then solder them on my pcb. The problem is, there's on some a bit of exposed copper on ...
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How can I isolate a servo in this circuit [closed]

I have a PIC which I am using to control a servo, I have a 5v supply for the PIC. I wish to isolate the servo from the PIC as the noise the servo creates can cause the PIC to malfunction. NOTE: I only ...
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Can You Drive Back-To-Back MOSFETs (aka a Solid State Relay) Without Using An Optocoupler?

I was wondering if there was any way of driving back-to-back MOSFETs (with their sources and gates tied together as shown in the following image) without using an optocoupler? The reason is that ...
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What is a reasonable isolation voltage for an optocoupler/digital isolator?

I need to isolate an input from my processor. What is a reasonable isolation voltage to look for optocoupler/digital isolator? I've pretty much decided to go with an RF isolator at this point because ...
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What is the reason to use an isolation amplifier?

In a work place PC has a data acquisition card which is 16 bit and has 16 single ended channels. One of the channels is outputting a constant DC voltage which can be controlled by a user via a ...
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How do I leave electrical connection of heat-sink body?

I usually see that some heat-sinks have thick pins to solder on the PCB, and I'm going to use one of them. Since they are going to be soldered on the PCB, the question rises in my mind about their ...
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AC leaks to laptop, cellphone surface. Feel by finger! [closed]

I've accidentaly discovered that several mains+battery-powered devices with metallic casing like cellphones, laptops and mp3 players, exhibit a special kind of friction when stroked with a finger. But ...
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Where to connect shield and ferrites in PCB with isolated planes

I have a device which has two sections of the PCB completely isolated form each other, but connected by an isolator IC (PN: ????). I think I need to shield the whole device for reducing EMI because ...
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What is the electrical connection of heatsink plate of PB case bridge rectifier packages?

I'm going to use two PB-case bridge rectifiers of a certain product in my circuit. I need to know the electrical connection of its heat-sink plate (i.e.; to what pin it is connected to, or if it is ...
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Are the non-metallic colored heat sinks of transistor packages electrically isolated/nonconductive?

When I look at transistor packages, I see two different heat sink types. One type is in metallic color, the other type is black plastic colored. I read datasheets of some components, none of them ...
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How to protect a signal from output short circuit?

I have made a signal generator based on DDS and amplified its output to 0-20 V pk-pk. Now I want to prepare the output side. My main concern is short circuit protection to prevent damage to my device. ...
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Looking for a medium power optocoupler

I have a project where I will control a 3 or 6 watt UV lamp DC with a microcontroller. I want to power my lamps with a AC/DC circuit and switch them on and off with a optocoupler, mainly because ...
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RS232 and RS422 (Isolated and ESD Protected)

I want my RS232 and RS422 to be galvanically isolated and ESD protected. I have two options to implement this requirement. Option 1: MCU-->OPTO-->DRIVER-->ESD PROTECTION Use MAX3232 for RS232 ...
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What are the differences between Channel-to-Ground & Channel-to-Channel isolation?

I have the following questions regarding different types of isolation techniques: What are the major differences between Channel-to-Ground & Channel-to-Channel isolation techniques? Are all ...
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If I put multiple isolated DC/DC converters in series, can I add their isolation voltages?

Suppose I have a DC/DC converter that's rated for 2250VDC isolation for one minute. If I put two of these devices in series, making sure to maintain proper clearances on my PCB, do I get an effective ...
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How do AC and DC hipot tests compare?

Suppose I have a DC/DC converter, Recom RPP30 for an example to hand. It lists an isolation voltage of 3000 VDC. How does this translate to an AC isolation voltage? Would this be equivalent to 3000 ...
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Isolated closing contact other than relay?

I need an isolated closing contact, like a relay, but ideally solid state. Rating 24V 100 mA on the contact side would be plenty. 1 kHz operation would be enough as well. I will drive this from 5V 25 ...
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Turning off a controller in multi chip pcb

I have a design question: How to safely turn off a controller IC's (CC2533, RTC clock) while other (eg. Atmega8) are running ? Basically to program the atmega without pulling it out of PCB. Is ...