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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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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 a pull up/down resistor really necessary?

Logical reading (1 or 0) of a micro-controller input GPIO pin may float if it is neither connected to VCC nor GND; someone said it is because of surrounding RF interference. When a floating GPIO ...
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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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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 can a MCU input floating pin easily change state?

I would like a technical ("engineering") explanation of why a MCU input floating pin can easily change its state depending on the outside electromagnetic interference. Is it related to the fact that ...
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Why would you need a floating signal on a board?

I read the following from a book titled "An Embedded Software Primer" by David E. Simon. (23rd print Nov/2014 - Page 16) If no part on the circuit is driving a signal, then that signal is said to ...
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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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How can I float a pin that otherwise should be low?

I want to enable/disable a TI TPS54302 buck regulator with a microcontroller. The enable (EN) pin should float to enable the device, or be tied low to disable it. I currently have the EN pin ...
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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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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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What is the purpose of transistor and zener in this circuit?

simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab (simulation will not be correct because the diodes are added just by its name.) Hello, I am a student who is not really familiar with ...
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How to check if a DC power supply is a floating source?

Imagine a laptop power supply with 2 prongs and I'm using this as a power supply for a circuit, and the output of this circuit is an input signal Vin for a data acquisition hardware. How can I ...
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Pulling the circuit's voltage to the ground with grounded probe

When measuring a point on an isolated circuit board with my grounded oscilloscope, I fear my oscilloscope ground will pull the measured point to ground level but this has never happened, I am always ...
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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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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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{IC pins} Leave Floating vs Leave Open?

This might be a newbie question, but I have always heard these terms interchangeably and never given it another thought. Recently I have seen them used differently in data sheets for a board I am ...
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Understanding Differential Mode Voltage of a Floating Circuit?

I am currently trying to work on studying for the ECE NCEE FE exam, but I came across the problem and don't quite understand the answer. Essentially we have an ideal transformer with an arbitrary ...
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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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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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Floating voltage on metal shelf

I just setup a pepper seed starting shelf using a metal shelf from a Swedish furniture outlet. The shelf has no electrical contact with the 5x T8 bulbs which are hanging on plastic zip ties. The T8 ...
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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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Why does a pull down resistor eliminate floating input

Ever since I connected a button to an Arduino for the first time, I've wondered how does the resistor prevent floating input from happening? I've read several answers to similar questions, seen videos ...
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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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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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Noise pickup in fully floating circuit

I'm using an ac coupled noise matching transformer to measure the voltage noise of a low ohmic sample as a function of bias current. The complete circuit is in an enshielded enclosure. When the ...
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EMC - conducted emissions - unused wires in cable - puzzling coupling

I am trying to understand the impact of unconnected wires in a cable for EMC conducted emissions tests. My product has a shared unshielded cable for supply and communication (I know it's bad practice....
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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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How to prevent floating input for this system?

I have a simple system where a motor speed is controlled by a voltage signal via a circuit. Below represents the system where A is the voltage signal device; B is the circuit and M is the motor. The ...
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555 Timer Output Always V+ or Ground?

If the output of the 555 timer is not trigger to high, is it ground? Or is the output left floating?
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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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Measuring small currents at DC high voltages without floating meter

I'm doing a project with a Cockcroft-Walton multiplier that will output up to 40 kV DC at up to 10 mA. The the circuit takes an input of 10 kV AC at 60 mA and 60 Hz (from a neon sign transformer) and ...
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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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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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Why do we use pull up resistor with PIC?

I tried to find an appropriate answer for the question but couldn't find what I needed exactly. I found out that "Initially the output from the PIC is floating and we use the pull up resistor R7 to ...
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Why does my ungrounded DC power supply work?

This is a question about electronics theory that I haven't been able to grasp. I was testing a stepper motor wired like the following: https://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-tb6612-h-bridge-dc-stepper-...
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How is the input not floating when there is a pull-down resistor? [duplicate]

I am wondering why the input to D2 will not be floating when the switch is open. If the switch is open, wouldn't it act like a mini antenna and provide a random input to the D2 pin?
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Are capacitors floating power supplies?

I'm struggling with the concept of floating voltages. For a grounded supply I can connect one side to an effectively infinite ground and get full power. It may vary depending on its construction, ...
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Consequences of leaving unused inputs of clock buffer floating. Alternative: best practice

I'm using a Si53342-B-GM Original datasheet download at silabs for the si5334x-series as a clock buffer. In some cases I only need to distribute a single clock signal and in some of my cases I ...
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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 input pin with external pull-up

I would like to improve the performance of my push buttons, which sometimes don't respond when pressed. They have external pull-up resistors and have been initialised as floating input pins. Does not ...
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Floating traces on MCU dev boards bad for noise?

When you have development boards for microprocessors with every GPIO pinned out on headers around the edge of the board, is the board more susceptible to picking up noise than a board without all ...
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Floating battery negative terminal [closed]

I am building a circuit that uses an op amp comparator stage to control the circuit shown. The op amp circuit will switch on or off the transistor to drive the motor supplied with a set of AAA ...
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What is the result of 1 and float on OR gate?

If only one input is 1 into an OR gate, the output is 1, but does that still count if there is no input from other sources? (like float) Or is the output simply float as well?
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Floating Differential measurement?

Can I simply hook up an opamp inputs, (either using a differential or in-amp topology that is/are also powered from a floating power supply), across a device under test that itself has exceeding ...
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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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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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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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Floating Nodes Error in Simulation in ORCAD PSPICE

Does anyone have any insight as to what exactly is wrong with my circuit on Orcad/PSPICE? My name is in the project name so I blurred it out for obvious reasons
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Unused/floating pins on BTS5016

I plan to use Infineons PROFET BTS5016 in a coming project. https://www.infineon.com/dgdl/Infineon-BTS5016-2EKA-DS-v01_00-EN.pdf?fileId=5546d4625a888733015aa41a5e161129 I will not use the ...
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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 ...