Questions tagged [differential]

Differential refers to any kind of signaling where the signal information is carried by two or more paths and both are required to properly reconstruct the signal. For example, USB D+ and D-

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Difference between differential op amp and comparator

What is the difference between a differential op amp and a comparator? I know a comparator can only give me two values (the supply values). The differential op amp amplifies the difference between ...
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How do I lay out PCB traces for a given “differential impedance”

This is an attempt to craft a good general question and answer for a topic that's been asked before, but only in specific situations. Could you describe what I need to know, prior to laying out a PCB ...
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How do I measure differential signals (like RS-485 or DMX) on an oscilloscope?

I've encountered differential signals in a few places, such as a differential output audio amplifier and now in a project working with DMX which is similar to RS-485. (Here's a similar question about ...
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Efficiency of obtaining differential signalling from a single-ended manufactured transducers

This will be a conceptual question. I'm sometimes dealing with data-acquisition of transducers, like strain gauges, accelerometers ect. sort of sensors. Most of these sensors have their own precision ...
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Battery monitor for a camper van electrical system

As one of my first DIY projects, I'm going to build a battery monitor for the DC battery/solar/inverter system in my camper van. The van has 440 Ah of lead acid batteries and DC currents up to 200A ...
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Ground connection in differential signals

Do I need a ground connection when connecting differential signals between two systems? I was thinking this should not be needed, but how will common mode voltage at the receiving end behaves? ...
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Length Matching Differential Pairs

I am routing a PCB with an Ethernet connection and I am having a bit of trouble deciding on how best to route the TX and RX differential pairs. I have done the impedance calculations to figure out the ...
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Measure Battery Current via Shunt

I'm working on a project where I'm measuring the current into/out of a battery (currents may be as high as approximately 150A, and I'm not aware of any hall effect devices that are continuously rated ...
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Strange Behaviour Using LM358 Op-Amp as Wheatstone Bridge Difference Ampliflier

I've been working on building a circuit which uses a wheatstone bridge to find the value of a resistance temperature sensor (Danfoss AKS 21) and then passes that to a differential amplifier the output ...
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What is i(t) from circuit with differential equation?

When t<0 Components in circuit are Jt = 4 A, R1 = R2 = 2 Ω, R3 = 4 Ω ja L = 10 H At t=0 switch K will be closed and i need to figure out what iL(t) is when t=4 So i tried to figure out iL(t) ...
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Difference between natural response and forced response?

Reference Second post on EdaBoard.com Time response of a system is the time evolution of the variables. In circuits, this would be the waveforms of voltage and current versus time. ...
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How critical is the layout of USB data lines / how does my layout look?

I'm laying out the USB data lines on my board at the moment, and I'm just trying to get an idea of how well off my design is gonna fare. Here are the particulars: 4 layer board (from the top: signal,...
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Can I use differential I/O pins of FPGA as high speed comparator?

High speed comparators are rather expensive and speed is what FPGAs are very good at. On the other hand, FPGAs (in my case: XC3S400) have paired differential pins in each bank that their voltages are ...
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USB differential pair length

I am routing a PCB that uses a USB connection. The differential pair traces are 10 mil distant from each other, and they are about 1mm different in length. Is it going to be a problem? What is the ...
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Review request: DIY DC to 50MHz differential oscilloscope probe

Given the cost of proper differential probes, i've decided to make my own. The requirements are: DC to 50 MHz 3db bandwidth A few selectable input voltage ranges, from 3V pk-pk to 300 V pk-pk ...
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How to specify 100 ohm impedance on a pcb gerber

I've been using Altium for several years when I've needed to designed boards. However it's all been for simple analog designs and never anything too technical. I'm now trying to take a jump into a ...
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Why does this current limiter circuit oscillate?

I'm trying to make a 0-25 mA current limiter. I want to take a control voltage of 0-5 V as input and have it control a current of 0-25 mA through a restive load (the restive load may vary between 0-...
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How are differential inputs setup in a differential amplifier?

I was struggling to understand what common mode voltage and CMRR is. I think eventually I understand what it is about. Before posing my new question I will briefly write about my drawing. On the left ...
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Why does differential signaling send complementary signals instead of just pairing the input and ground voltage?

I'm very new to EE, so please excuse me if this question is bad or has an obvious answer. After reading an overview of differential signalling, it left me wondering: Why does differential signalling ...
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Ground Loop for balanced connection

Different articles and tutorials covers somewhat contradictory information about ground loop. For a balanced connection (differential), the return path is the other differential pair, however ...
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Preferred balun location? (Are differential microstrips preferrable to single-ended?)

I'm designing a PCB with a transceiver that has differential signal pins for rf. These differential signals travel to a balun, which transforms them into a single-ended signal (50-Ohm characteristic)....
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How to set up an experiement to measure SNR for an EEG amplifier?

I have built an EEG amplifier with gain of 2000 and bandwith at 1~40Hz. I use an Instrument Amplifier for pre-Amp and a non-inverting opamp as post-amp and finally bandlimit at 40Hz using a 4th-order ...
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Trying to view CM and DM components of a signal on a two channel digital scope screen

I want learn how to view the CM and DM components of a signal on a usual two channel scope. The reason for this to be able to verify whether a noise superimposed on a signal is CM orDM. Regarding my ...
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Effects of increasing current on external noise and SNR for analog transmission

This is a conceptual question about long analog signal transmission exposed to capacitive coupling and EMI noise as shown in below figures: simulate this circuit – Schematic created using ...
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Adding multiple differential signal

As I asked in "Adding multiple analog signal" before, I got that: for adding some signal together, we can only use op-amp, instead of lovely integrated circuit (ough). But the question arise because ...
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Why the common-mode gain of the differential pair is almost zero?

If you think of a better title, please do edit or let me know to edit, but this is how I thought I could word the question. I am finding difficulty in understanding how a differential pair exactly ...
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Op-amp differentiator and integrator circuit: resistor and capacitor values

I don't understand how to determine value of resistors and capacitor in differentiator and integrator circuit of Op-Amp. I tried to align the amplitudes of these sine waves. I keep changing their ...
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Is single ended amplifier a subset of differential amplifier?

The reason I'm asking this is that when I read about CMRR issue in amplifiers I only see differential amplifiers as if it is only a diff. amp. issue. But isn't a single ended amplifier also a ...
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LAN9512 differential wire routing on PCB

Using the Saturn PCB Tool (V7.05 - calculation method IPC-2152 - Etch Factor 1:1), in order to achieve a 90 ohm differential line with a single line impedance equal to 50 ohm for a design based on the ...
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Are common and differential mode chokes interchangeable?

Is it possible to use a common mode choke as a differential mode by switching around one pair of wires and v.v. as shown on the drawing? Intuitively it seems that this should work. I need a power ...
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What are the effects of single ended signals on twisted pair conductors?

I'm currently using a cable that has multiple twisted pair conductors. I'm attempting to send a several single ended signals down some of these conductors at a frequency of 12.5MHz. Essentially, I'm ...
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Is the ground necessary with an opto-isolated RS422 signal

I have 8 opto-isolated RS422 ports to install. All of them are coming from a single PC card. It provides the opto-isolation for every RS422 port. Every signal is opto-isolated from the PC ground and ...
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Operational Transconductance Amplifier Input Configurations

I recently purchased several OTAs (Lm13700) but have had quite a bit of trouble using them. Going through the TI datasheet and a Nuts & Volts tutorial it's occured to me that transconductance amps ...
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Can you sum and difference in a single op-amp?

I want to take two independent differential signals (audio line inputs with unknown properties which may be present or not), remove any common-mode noise from each of them (they could each have ...
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Differential Amplifier with Global Negative Feedback

This question refers to audio amplifier design, using BJTs only. I am wondering how differential stage amplifier plays an important role in hi-fi audio amplifiers. According to this book (where ...
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RS485 communication problem

I've designed a board with microcontroller (NXP, K64) to control i/o's. The uart port of the uC is connected to Maxim 3362 which converts the signal to RS485 half duplex communication. Using modbus ...
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Effect of bias resistor value on common-mode rejection in a differential or instrumentation amplifier

In the below schematics a source is coupled to a differential amplifier. Rb is a bias resistor for bias currents to flow: Since in instrumentation amplifiers it is a remedy to add resistors for bias ...
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Differential Driver Maximum Output Voltage Swing

I'm trying to understand how BTL driver on TI's DRV8662 Piezo Haptic Driver (datasheet) works. What I am confused about is how a 200Vpp output signal can be generated from a driver that only has rails ...