An optoelectronic device which combines an optical transmitter and receiver in a single package; commonly used in galvanic-isolated control applications such as power supplies.

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Dimming SSR Circuit - Verification

I am designing an SSR circuit for the purpose of controlling Christmas lights. Specifically I have the following two goals. Switching & Dimming incandescent strings Switching LED strings - I ...
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Very wide range high voltage measurement with optical isolation

I have a voltage source I'd like to measure, it is from 0V to 1kV, any value in that range. The accuracy isn't that important, but measuring with an accuracy with 1-5% would be perfect. This has to be ...
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Can I create a totem-pole structure by using two optocouplers?

I have two optocouplers. One of them uses NPN transistor and the other one uses PNP. Each of them explicitly give the base pin of their BJTs out. Can I make a totem pole structure by connecting them ...
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Need an optocoupler for getting directly proportional output galvanically isolated from the DC input

I want to use an optocoupler to linearly step down a DC voltage which willy vary from 0V to 400V. That is, I want the output to be directly proportional to the input and I want it to be galvanically ...
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Detecting Zero Crossing of Mains (Sine and Square Wave)

I need to design a circuit that can measure and output pulses for a MCU at zero crossing of 220VAC waveforms. The application requires that that both square wave waveforms and sine-waves should work. ...
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Operation of PC817

I am studying a DC-DC converter circuit design which has PC817 photocoupler in it. I am confused with the way PC817 behaves. My friend says that it is an analog photocoupler. I have tested it myself ...
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Opto-coupled RS-232 receive circuit

I am looking into a implementing a low-cost RS-232/422 opto-coupled receive circuit. The aim is surge protection and tolerance to DC offsets. The challenge is that the inputs should be completely ...
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How to use LM56 to switch on/off a 2kW heater

I have an oil heater at 220V/2000W so lets say 10A. I was thinking of creating a circuit to switch the oil heater on/off with a LM56 (http://www.ti.com/product/lm56). Is it possible using a relay or ...
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Optoisolation and Mosfet combo

I want to switch a Thermoelectric Peltier Cooler (TEC1-12705) (12V - 77 Watts) using an Uno. I am an engineer but not an EE so I could use some guidance on circuit setup. There was a very good ...
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Using PS2501A-1-A Optocoupler. Need help understanding datasheet

I'm experimenting with circuits to trigger my camera shutter and camera flash. My plan is to build a 2-stage trigger for high speed photography that triggers the camera a fraction of a second before ...
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Safe microcontroller input from 8.4V circuit

I have an airsoft rifle which uses an 8.4V battery to drive a motor when the trigger is pulled. The circuit is that simple, just a battery, motor and switch - there's also a 15A fuse. I want my ...
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Two circuits with different voltages - should I use a transistor or an optocoupler as a switch

I am doing a project using the output of a Raspberry Pi GPIO pin (3.3V) to power a 12V remote control. If the two are on different circuits, can I use a transistor to switch on the 12V circuit or do ...
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Optocoupler for AC to DC current sensor

I am designing an AC to DC current converter. The specifications are as follows: input: 0 to 5A output: 4 to 20mA supply: 230VAC Now I want to isolate the input and output. What would be a ...
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Creating an opto isolator board for Raspberry Pi

I have a relay board which I bought from dx.com and I am not sure about its reliability. If it fails, then it may harm my Pi right? So I googled around and read that opto isolator provide complete ...
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Simple light bulb operated by button and optoisolator triac

I'm new to the world of electronics and I have a quite simple question. Can I control my light bulb with something like this schema? Power source is regular AC 230V (~320Vrms) source. Here is ...
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opto voltage specification question

The datasheet is here http://www.ssousa.com/pdf/SLC800.pdf . I need help on the following: Where is the maximum operating DC voltage is specified? It appears to be 500VDC but I am not sure. I ...
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Optocoupler design

I need to design a MOSFET control circuit which is driven from an FPGA through an optocoupler. Following are the conditions required to be met in my design: When the power is up initially and the ...
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Flipping Output Logic

I have the following circuit: The diagram above has a pot between VCC, LM393 and Ground, on my board pictured below this is replaced by a voltage divider with two 10k pots. It looks like this: ...
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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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How to combine PC's power and HDD LEDs?

I'm going to buy a PC tower case which has only one LED intended to be used as the power LED, thus no HDD LED is available. My intention is to have that single LED at about 50% of its intensity when ...
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Why I can't get a clean signal from my opto-isolator?

I am trying to get working my first Mosfet H bridge. My H bridge characteristics are: 12v power supply 3.5A max current I need to control the bridge from a microcontroller 5V output About 30KHz PWM ...
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How do I drive a MOSFET working under high voltage while keeping it insulated from the rest of the circuit?

I want to drive a MOSFET with a 50Hz, 50% duty cycle clock pulse. The voltage to be switched is as high as 300V DC. The section inside the dashed lines will stay electrically isolated from the rest ...
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How to drive optocoupler with BJT properly [schematics]

Recently I asked a question about optocoupler: Shematics: optocoupler controls a transistor and doesn't work as expected I have one more question related to the topic. PWM input comes from the ...
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Shematics: optocoupler controls a transistor and doesn't work as expected

I'm applying optocoupler TLP521 to decouple microcontroller Atmega88 (on the left of the schematics) from the power circuit. I have a problem understanding why the schematics below doesn't work in ...
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Debugging a garage door opener circuit with an optocoupler and mosfet

There seem to be many related questions, but I can't quite find the answer I'm looking for. I've got a garage door opener switch. There's 16V across the wires, and when you short them, the garage ...
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How are the values for the resistances and capacitor chosen in the circuit below

In the circuit shown, the optocopuler is used as a solid state relay and the triac acts as a switch. i would like to know how the resistor values and capacitor value was chosen.
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What are important design parameters for Opto-isolators? [closed]

I want to use an opto-isolator in my circuit. I found Opto-isolator 6N135 matching with my design voltage requirement. datasheet (http://www.vishay.com/docs/83604/6n135.pdf). But datasheet seems to be ...
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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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LED and photodiode characteristics at very low currents

I'm trying to understand the coupled characteristic of a classic 4n35 optocoupler, used in reverse biased photodiode mode (I'm only using the B-C junction only). Over 1mA input forward voltage, the ...
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How to connect a Inductive Proximity Sensor Switch NPN DC6-36V to PIC18F4550 5V

I have got a LJ12A3-4-Z/BX Inductive Proximity Sensor Switch NPN DC6-36V with this Specifications: Model: LJ12A3-4-Z/BX Theory: Inductive Type Sensor Wire Type: Cylindrical DC 3 Wire Type ...
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How can I use optocouplers with function generators?

I am using optocoupler PC817 to create optical isolation between my digital signal and arduino due and arduino mega 2560 . And I am using external pull-up resistor connected with 3.3 V (to pull up ...
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High frequency mains sensing

I want to sense mains voltage at a frequency faster than 5000Hz, with a microcontroller. The idea behind this is to visualize the actual shape of the AC voltage, and eventually to compare it with the ...
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Light controlled h-bridge?

I was wondering if it would be smart to control a power H-bridge, with light. Imagine an opto-isolated power stage, where the opto-isolators are sawed in 2 parts connected by an optic fiber. I think ...
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Optocoupler Issue - Not sure why it isn't working - help needed [closed]

I have used an optocoupler/isolator before in a similar circuit, can't figure out why it isn't working in this instance, any help would be much appreciated. I am using the Siemens SFH615A, link to ...
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Optocoupler TVS Protection for digital input module 24V 220V

I have two digital input modules that must match: IEC 61000-4-2 ESD Contact 6kV and Air 8kV IEC 61000-4-4 EFT 1kV IEC 61000-4-5 Surge Line to line 0.5kV and Line to Earth 1kV First module: 32 digital ...
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Filter 5v pulse from micro input

I am monitoring an external system which sends out a 5v pulse every 2 seconds when in normal mode. When the motor is working, it sends out a constant 5v designed to power a flashing light or LEDs as a ...
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SFH6916— SOP-16, Half Pitch Mini-Flat Package eagle library needed

I want to use SFH6916 ( Optocoupler, Photo-transistor Output, Quad Channel, SOP-16, Half Pitch Mini-Flat Package) in my circuit. I am using Cadsoft Eagle for layout designing. The package ...
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How to sense 24V AC (Thermostat) with a 5V Microcontroller

I'd like to detect thermostat events (heat, fan, ac etc) with an Arduino. I've done quite a bit of investigation but haven't found a definitive solution. Most projects I see involve controlling the ...
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Programming ATMega328 from arduino with separated power supply

I actually need to update the code on a project who use an ATMega328. I'm using an arduino as a SPI programmer. So, I need TX/RX and RESET pins to program the external ATMega328. My problem is, the ...
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How to float the output of an optocoupler when needed?

I want to have an opto-isolated output which can be driven high, low or left floating. I thought of the following circuit but I'm quite new to electronics so I don't know whether it makes sense. Do ...
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PCB design with 230VAC and 5VDC [duplicate]

I've developed a small circuit that aims to dim a lamp. Iit works fine on my breadboard, so now I'm building my own PCB. I never built a PCB with 230VAC on it and controlled by a 5V microcontroller. ...
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Unwanted “memory effect” on a bus with optocouplers

I'm working on a microcontroller driver for an equipment which can have up to 64 optically isolated digital inputs. The hardware was designed with an 8-bit bus in mind, so we have up to eight rows of ...
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MOC3010 & BT136 with Arduino as trigger to power AC light

I've spend days debugging this circuit and have exhausted all possible solutions. I'm trying to use an Arduino PWM pin to light a 120V AC lightbulb. In order to do this I'm using a MOC3010 ...
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Calculate Resistor Value for Optocoupler - 24VDC Anode

I'm looking for help and unfortunately stuck for time on a project, so hoping someone wouldn't mind helping me out. I am trying to calculate the resistor value required for an opto-isolator circuit. ...
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MOSFET controlled by optocoupler using Arduino

I have a question about using an Arduino to control a MOSFET with optocoupler. The question is, the supply voltage may vary from 5 to 36 Volts. For example, sometimes I will use a 5V switching ...
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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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How to wire up optocoupler for digitally controlled UV (under voltage) input protection?

What I am trying to build is an under voltage input protection. It will always limit the voltage flowing into the output end to the microcontroller to be 3.3V, but when the input goes below 380V, it ...
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Optoisolation with make or break pneumatic contacts

The design I've been working on is based on the previous generation of the circuit that my customer has been using for many years. There are several pneumatic make or break switches that are triggered ...
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Using an Opto-Isolator to change an Op-Amp's Amplification

Consider this circuit, which is a standard non-inverting amplifier with an amplification of A = 1+R1/R2. I now want to be able to change this amplification value ...