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A voltage that is not connected by any conducting path (including resistors) to ground or the key voltage reference point.

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How do actively driven mosfets or transistors react to floating source?

Attempting to add some lights to a car's "intelligent" lighting system. Want to make sure I understand how my n-channel mosfets will react to losing their ground, while their gates are still connected....
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Floating input in Op-amp Readout Circuit?

I was analyzing this circuit diagram in a thesis about a capacitive EEG electrode. The author talks about a flaw in the design where there is a "floating analogue input" that is causing the op-amp to ...
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Turning off op amp for low power application high side or low side

I have a design where I am using a LM324 to act as a buffer (unity gain impedence transformation amplifier) to feed the voltage from several high-impendence voltage dividers into my MCU's ADC pins. ...
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Isolated power supply with output on a 2kVDC floating ground

I am building a system of detectors which are referenced to independent floating grounds. The maximum voltage between each stage is 2kVDC. So I need isolated supplies which can operate continuously at ...
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Floating neutral in TN-S or TN-C-S earthing system

Since neutral is bonded to ground at building distribution point in a TN-S or TN-C-S earthing system, could floating neutral happen under the following conditions: Loss of N and/or PE at transformer ...
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Design for a balanced (positive and negative) HV DC regulator

I'm trying to design a high voltage DC regulator for driving a PZT that will provide both +200 and -200 V outputs referenced to ground. The input is a rectified AC waveform that will provide UK mains ...
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HSPCIE Default Value for Float Nodes

I have M inputs. I want to connect m of them to Vdd and leave other nodes floating. I know that in real experiments the floating nodes can get any value between 0 and Vdd. I was wondering how HSPICE ...
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What is the right way to float a home lab?

I just got myself some new toys for my lab at home like 30V DC power supply, KKmoon signal generator and a Rigol DS1052E. I want to float everything, because I don't want to spend any money on stuff ...
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Is it possible to get a floating power supply to power multiple MOSFETs

Hey guys this is my first post on stack exchange so please go easy on me! I have a hobby project where I was trying to make a few batteries go in series using a micro controller and a floating power ...
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How do floating voltages affects circuits/systems?

I was at a talk recently regarding robustness testing. It was separated into parts: Uncontrolled and Controlled. Uncontrolled involved applying high floating voltages to various pins and logging the ...
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Why are the dimensions of a floating gate layer in a MOSFET so thick?

For a floating gate MOSFET, in order to make the control gate work you have to(generally speaking) make the oxide layer thin(~100 Angstroms) as well as the ONO(Oxygen nitride, acts as an insulator) ...
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Confusion about the meaning of floating

Here they define being floating as: They mention Ungrounded = Floating. But in another forum someone wrote: The signal is consider floating when it does not have the same ground with your ...
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Disconnecting ATX PSU's ground from mains earth to protect my oscilloscope

Like many I took an ATX PSU, hooked green to black, and have a nice PSU. I am experimenting with a HP oscilloscope from 1997 and as you know, those are grounded to main's earth, just like my ATX PSU. ...
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Can I leave it unconnected pins in the level shifter?

My concern is that pins are connected between DB25 and TXS0108E, but are not connected between TXS0108E and the Header 5x2. There is only the tracks between TXS0108 and the Header 5x2, but there is no ...
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Floating DC power supply (solar panels) - do I need double-pole breakers and why?

I am in the process of building a small off-grid solar setup. There will be 4 parallel strings of panels in this setup, and I understand that for 3 or more strings, you need some sort of over-current ...
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Floating Source Voltage Difference to Earth

I was reading about floating voltage on web but there is something that I couldn't understand. I attached photo of circuit. As you see it shows 60v difference between neutral of flating source and ...
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Can I leave the input pins of an ADC channel in floating state?

I'm using this 4-channel ADC: MCP3422 -> Datasheet I only need to use 3 of the available 4 input channels in total. Normally I would add footprints for pulldown resistors for example in case a ...
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Floating analog input using Arduino with 1m cable

I use an analog input from an Arduino to read the value from a piezo plugged in parallel with a 1M ohm resistor. I followed this tutorial from Arduino: https://www.arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/Knock Here ...
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Trying to understand floating voltage

I'm trying to understand the concept of a floated voltage, and why it is needed in some cases. For my own case, I am using a variac connected to a rectifier to provide a DC voltage for a circuit, (...
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What does floating source mean in this context?

What makes the load in the below circuit floating?: Does that mean the load does not have a ground shared with the circuit ground?
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Preventing the voltage between two isolated grounds from exceeding max rating

Consider the low-side current sensing application shown in Figure 1. Grounds 1 and 2 are galvanically isolated. Assume, for example, ground 1 is the NEUTRAL line on mains power (\$V_g\$), and ground 2 ...
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Grounding a Laptop

I have the following problem: I am currently debugging an electronic sensor board which is connected to the USB port of a laptop. The USB port is used both for communication via UART and to supply ...
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Measuring floating gate potential with minimal leakage current

I am working on a sensing device where the voltage of a floating node is dependent on the quantity to be sensed, as well as the net charge stored in the node. I would like the device to be only ...
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Current source with grounded Load and floating power supply

The following circuit represents a basic op-amp current source and can be found in the "Art of electronics 3rd edition" in page 228. \$ I_{load} \$ is easy to calculate in this situation. The ...
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Can I use a source follower to read the floating gate voltage then add a fixed tunneling voltage, then feed it back to the tunneling electrode?

So I was reading this research paper: H. Kosaka, T. Shibata, H. Ishii, and T. Ohmi, “An excellent weightupdating-linearity synapse memory cell for self-leaming neuron MOS neural networks,” in IEDM ...
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Why is this capacitive circuit not working in both multisim and LTspice

The voltage at the top most node of this circuit should be the average of the input voltages. Vtop*CT = C1*V1 +C2*V2 +C3*V3 where CT = C1+C2+C3 I get 0V instead. UPDATE Thanks for the help. I ...
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Flyback smps or floating buck converter?

I want to drive a 180V/1A string leds from 220VAC. Which topology should I use: flyback smps (with transformer) or, floating buck step down converter? I know that buck converter will be not ...
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What to do with unused TTL and CMOS outputs?

Just about everything I've read on the Web, including on this site, say that unused TTL and CMOS outputs should be left floating. However, this TI article, Designing with Logic, states: Unused ...
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ATmega328p TQFP and unconnected pins, what is it the best practice?

I'm designing a board based on ATmega328p in TQFP package. I'm not using all the ports, so, for example, ports from PC0->PC5, ADC6 and ADC7 won't be connected to anything. Can I left them unconnected ...
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Oscilloscope differential measurement for battery powered circuit using single probe

I want to measure the voltage across a resistor in my circuit. The circuit is battery powered. I don't want to use the two probe method and calculate A-B to get the results. Can I use one probe to ...
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Floating Nwell schematic and introduction in a MOS switch

My classmate told me using a mos (body connect drain)as a switch may have leakage current,because there is a parasitic diode in that MOS,so there will have a leakage current.so i have to connect the ...
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floating ground

For a big machine (rope shovel) we put a custom electronics board (gps) in an enclosure. It is connected to the cabinet with Power over ethernet (POE). The POE switch is connected to an isolated power ...
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Confusion with calculating the mantissa of a floating point from a binary number

I use this converter to convert a 32-bit binary number to a floating point number. I first find the hexadecimal of the 32-bit binary number and convert to decimal by using the converter. In my case ...
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Voltage regulator outputs some voltage even if in shutdown

I've created a dual source energy harvesting board to store energy from small energy sources, like a 3V 15mA solar panel, into a 3F 2.7V supercap and to power a small wireless node (3.3V, 30mA), but I ...
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How can I return an Arduino digital pin to floating state?

I am trying to setup a programmed reset function for a 3.3V BlueTooth module that resets when its reset pin is pulsed LOW for a short period of time. There is a 47K pull-up resistor in the BT module ...
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Understanding Common Floating Return [duplicate]

So I'm pretty new to electronics, and I'm getting slightly hung up on the concept of ground. I'm thinking the circuit diagrams below will help me to explain this frustration, because there's not an ...
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Getting shocked because of floating ground on psu [closed]

Angus from makersmuse explains here how he got shocked from a printer with floating ground. https://youtu.be/v1OuYg7AJjw I don't really understand his explanation. He basically says that if you ...
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Floating multiple sealed lead acid batteries in parallel

I know with multiple lead-acid batteries you should really charge them separately so that one battery doesn't try and charge another and waste power. But that holds true for the main charging process....
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why trace_printf(“%f”,x); triggers a HARD FAULT on a stm32 MCU?

I'm using a stm32 F413ZH microncontroller with HAL libraries (mainly written to be used with c but can also be used with c++) in eclipse, actually I managed to completely configure eclipse including ...
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Can I leave bootstrap pins floating? (Internal pull-up)

I have a microcontroller that uses 4 GPIO pins as "bootstrap pins". The state of these pins (high/low) at boot time will determine important features of the microcontroller, such as output voltage to ...
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Floating supply voltage

I'm building a device to, among other things, measure a few voltages from different power supplies that are expected to be floating. Because the user might do silly things like connecting them in ...
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Potential difference between DC floating power supply and earth ground

I have a question about a simple DC floating power supply: it is as simple as possible, secondary coil -> bridge rectifier -> filter cap, as shown on the figure below. If I connect the input of the ...
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Getting two (or, one and a half) outputs from a single pin

I am doing a project with an ATtiny85 and of course I'm short on I/O pins. One idea I had was to use a single pin for two outputs (let's call them EN and DATA). simulate this circuit – ...
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Star point in schematics

I read somewhere that in a mixed signal ckt , the analog part and the digital part are supposed to be better when they have different power rails and ground lines , but to avoid floating of the ground ...
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Altium 17: Multichannel Design “contains floating input pins”

I get Net SCL/SCK contains floating input pins (Pin U1.1-4,Pin U1.2-4) as the only error after compiling the project but I don't know why. The clock signal as well as V+ is shared among the ...
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Function Generator - Signal without Neg or Gnd reference

I have a new PC based function generator (very cheap), and an old BK Precision function generator. The old BK Precision can output a signal without the ground or negative reference lead from the BNC ...
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Is it bad to leave a filter capacitor floating?

The circuit detail presented is a gyrator filter that is one of two that hang out in the feedback loop of an opamp, creating a "low" and "high" tone control for audio. (The "low" section is shown) I'd ...
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Can a 1:1 transformer prevent the SMPS noise of one load from reaching other loads plugged into a mains outlet?

It's my understanding that a load which has a SMPS can put noise back onto the power cord, which could reach another component that's plugged into the same outlet. Is it true that a 1:1 transformer ...
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Who do IGBT rectifiers have floating gates (unlike MOSFET rectifiers)?

When I search Google Images for "IGBT rectifier", I notice that they all appear to have floating gates. But don't IGBT's have gates like the ones on MOSFET's, in which it's insulated from the other ...
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How to check if pin is floating or connected to ground?

I am using a DC jack which has 3 pins. 2 for power and one pin which is connected to ground when there is nothing plugged into the jack and disconnected from the ground when the jack is plugged in. ...