Can I use this comparator safely when it is powered by 12V and the input to its inverting input is 24V?
This comparator acts differently than many as regards allowable Vin voltages.
As long as one input is in the 0V to (Vcc-2V) range then the other input may be anywhere in the 0V to 36V range, without damage and with correct operation. This applies for any Vcc value from 2 to 36V.
There are limitations on what happens when one or both inputs exceed Vcommon-mode - see below.
In Table 2 on page 4/19 it states -
Vicm: Common mode input voltage range for Tmin ≤ Tamb ≤ Tmax 0 to VCC+ -1.5
(or Vcc -2 in another row).
A look at the data sheets from 6 manufacturers shows that:
At least one input must be within the Vicm range of 0V to Vcc - 2V *
The other input may be above Vcc - as much as +36V in some versions.
- *(For full temperature operation. Vcc-1.5V at 25C)
The TI data sheet lists the conditions most clearly:
126.96.36.199 Input Voltage Range
When choosing the input voltage range, the input common mode voltage range (VICR) must be taken in to account. If temperature operation is above or below 25°C the VICR can range from 0 V to VCC– 2.0 V. This limits the input voltage range to as high as VCC– 2.0 V and as low as 0 V. Operation outside of this range can yield
Below is a list of input voltage situation and their outcomes:
- When both IN- and IN+ are both within the common-mode range:
(a) If IN- is higher than IN+ and the offset voltage, the output is low and the output transistor is sinking
(b) If IN- is lower than IN+ and the offset voltage, the output is high impedance and the output transistor is not conducting
- When IN- is higher than common-mode and IN+ is within common-mode, the output is low and the output transistor is sinking current
- When IN+ is higher than common-mode and IN- is within common-mode, the output is high impedance and the output transistor is not conducting
- When IN- and IN+ are both higher than common-mode, the output is low and the output transistor is sinking current
The Diodes Inc data sheet appears the most generally useful.
(MB: Diodes Inc often make better than most spec products so be wary if using their data sheets for other brands. This noted, they can be very useful).
On page 5 note 13 they say:
"13. The input common-mode voltage of either input signal voltage should not be allowed to go negative by more than 0.3V (@ +25°C). The upper end of the common-mode voltage range is VCC -1.5V (@ +25°C), but either or both inputs can go to +36V without damage, independent of the magnitude of VCC"
Note that if both inputs are above Vcmr the output will be low (according to the TI notes above.)
ROHM data sheet
ST data sheet
Fairchild data sheet is now shared with ONSEMI
(1) This is based on a comment I made to to Andrew and is worth noting.
They seem to have a "different to usual" interpretation of what 'common mode voltage' means. After looking at data sheets from 6 manufacturers I think the TI summary in my answer above probably best states what happens.
ONE input must be in the 0 - (Vcc-2) range** BUT the other can be 0 - 36V without damage AND with correct operation!
Overall this is a very unusual interpretation of terms and mode of operation.
Note that Iin can be very large, unlike usual devices.
Diodes inc say lower Vin limit is -0.3V
Vcc-2 is for full temperature range.
Vcc-1.5 at 25C.
(2) Based on a comment that I made to Curd
I looked at 6 manufacturer's data sheets in order to elucidate [tm] what they appear to be saying.
These indicate that this device has an unusually accommodating spec and, if ONE input is in the 0 - (Vcc-2V) range, then regardless of the value of Vcc*** it will allow the OTHER input to cover the 0-36V range without damage and with correct operation.
Vcc allowed = 2-36V.