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Topic: 48 V signal though opto isolator into Arduino (Read 1 time) previous topic - next topic


Because when you have 115 channels of this the total heat on the circuit board will be over 80 Watts dissipated.  And i'm not trying to build a heater =)  I could use relays but i wanted the solid state reliability.  


Maybe you want to consider an isolator with lower current demands, like a digital isolator:


The input current per channel is only 10uA worst case so you can use a voltage divider with large value resistors to minimize power. The unit does need a ~2mA power supply though, but you will still probably come out ahead as it has 4 channels so it's really only 500uA per channel.

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Oct 07, 2010, 10:19 pm Last Edit: Oct 07, 2010, 10:19 pm by lefstin Reason: 1
I repeat, a Darlington optocoupler ought to do the trick for you.

It will saturate with just a few mA or less of input current. For your application you do not have to worry about output current or switching times.


Here is the circuit i'm using.  Each isolator is only pulling 1.6mA now and the power dissipation is only 76.8mW each.


Oct 08, 2010, 08:07 pm Last Edit: Oct 08, 2010, 08:08 pm by royco Reason: 1

What kind of linearity are you getting with the optocoupler? I was thinking of going with the LOC110 which is supposed to be linear but I haven't received it yet. The regular opto couplers suffers from non-linear outputs thus not recommended for ADCs.

The problem I have is being able to measure -48 v systems and +24v systems with one unit. Altho I found a solution for that(relays, voltage inverter), I am still looking for alternate solutions.
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