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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Switching polarity of rectified AC power with a microcontroller

I am trying to create a circuit that will allow me to control the polarity of the current flowing through a coil in order to attract or repel a magnet. I would like to use two MOSFETs in series since ...
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Use high-speed optocoupler with slow input signal

As known, a slow input is usually not good for CMOS digital circuit design. I wonder, if the high-speed optocouplers such as 6N137, HCPL-060L, etc, can be used with slow input signals, such as to ...
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Triac - opto-coupler Circuit Confusion

I have the following question regarding this circuit: How is the opto being used to trigger the base of the triac?The collector of the photo-transistor is connected to the base of the triac. As per ...
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Ground trigger on relay

I have been doing this for years (on automotive projects) but the need finally arose to clarify: When using a SPDT 12V relay (with internal flyback diode), should I isolate the ground trigger when ...
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Optocoupler drives a transistor - optocoupler doesn't turn off

This is the circuit which comes from Microchip DALI example app note http://ww1.microchip.com/downloads/en/AppNotes/01465A.pdf Here's the deal. Everything works as expected, if this circuit is ...
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Using optoisolator and triac with mcu to switch light on/off--need low power alternative

I'm using the schematic below to control a lamp (light bulb) with a microcontroller and I'm running the mcu (and moc3010) off of AA batteries. I just realized the moc3010 has an LED in it that needs ...
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Driving an optoisolator with a 2N2222?

I'm driving an opto-isolated MOSFET gate driver with a 2n2222 transistor from a 3.3V microcontroller (TI Tiva C, 2-8mA max per pin). The IX3108G that I selected needs 10-16mA to be driven ON. This ...
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Using an optocoupler to put an AC signal on a DC bias

Expanding from this question Can an opto-isolated input be analog?: Can you use an optocoupler to take an AC signal and attach it to a DC bias? More specifically, can you take something like a 1V ...
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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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Converting a Low Side Driver to a High Side Driver

I've run into an issue with a product integration we are performing in which we are taking a device whose I/O is meant to accept high side digital inputs (+24VDC) but needs to be driven by another ...
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Optocoupler high side vs low side switch

I have a NPN Darlington Optocoupler that I have been using for low side switching. I was wondering if it would be okay to also use as a high side switch? Optocoupler Datasheet simulate this ...
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Driving the floating power MOSFETs

In a battery balancing system, I have four transistors and some of them are floating as you can see in this circuit: There are four battery packs each made of two batteries (Li-Ion) and charged via ...
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Replace photodiode by optocoupler

My audio receiver which has a room-to-room interface. This is basically an input where a photodiode gets plugged into that can be placed in a different room that the user doesn't have a visual ...
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Sense continuity in cable and lock with MCU

I'm building a "smart" cable lock system where the user will put a steel fitting attached to the end of a steel cable into a lock aperture, after which the presence of the steel fitting needs to be ...
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What are the main differences between 4n25 and SFH6156-2T optocouplers?

I'm looking for a 4 pin surface mount equivalent to a 4n25 optocoupler. I'm really not sure what to look for when comparing the data sheets of each optocoupler and I want to try avoid purchasing the ...
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How can I control an IR204E in a PK543A to remotely operate this apartment door buzzer? (What relay do I need?)

My apartment door 'suite station' (buzzer) is a TekTone IR204E (pdf). It has an option for talk, listen, and open door. It contains four wires labeled 1, 2, 3, and X. My research leads me to believe ...
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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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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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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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RS232 Ground-Loop Isolation: “creative” solution?

I have a RS232 connection that seem to suffer from different ground potentials at the two ends of the connection: The receiver signals a "break condition" in Realterm. As I understand it this means ...
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Ask a way to pass high frequency PWM trough PC817(PC847)?How to realise this goal trough push-pull?

I am using PC847(datasheet )to isolate a PWM control signal from CPLD. I will describe my design .When duty cycle changes from low to high, the forward current changes from low to high, so I have to ...
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Using TLP280-4 with STM32F1xx MCU

This is a continuation of my previous question. Olin Lathrop explicitly explained me the previous question, but also set thinking on the exact way of connection the optocoupler to a MCU input. I ...
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Ring detector circuit, transistors not fully activating

I am attempting to build a ringer interface circuit, and I’m running into problems that are over my head. The purpose of the circuit is to buffer the output of a central telephone system that goes to ...