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5B36:  Potentiometer or Slidewire Input Signal Conditioning Module

Product Details

Model 5B36 converts the input from a variety of potentiometers and variable resistors to a high level output of 0 V to +5 V. The module provides transformer isolation, potentiometer excitation, signal filtering and input protection against line voltage connection. The series output switch eliminates the need for external multiplexing. The industry standard 5B Series encapsulated plug-in modular package is compatible with all 5B backplanes. Modules are powered by +5 V dc, ± 5%.

Signal isolation is provided by transformer coupling using a proprietary technique for linear, stable performance. A demodulator on the output side of the signal transformer recovers the input signal, which is filtered and buffered to provide an accurate, low impedance, low noise output.

True three-port isolation includes common-mode voltage of: 1500 V rms between input and output, and between input and power; 250 V rms between output and power.

The modules provide potentiometer excitation from a precision current source. A low drift, chopper stabilized, differential amplifier design allows for the use of very low excitation currents to minimize accuracy losses from self-heating of the potentiometer. The low gain drift of ±30 ppm/°C and low offset drift assure that accuracy is maintained over a wide operating temperature range.

The 5B36 supplies equal excitation currents to three-wire potentiometers to cancel the effects of lead resistance.

An optimized five-pole Butterworth filter (with 4 Hz bandwidth) provides 116 dB of normal-mode rejection at 60 Hz and 108 dB at 50 Hz. Output noise is an exceptionally low 0.3 mV p-p at 100 kHz bandwidth and 6 mV p-p at 5 MHz bandwidth.

The input circuit is protected against accidental application of voltages, such as an ac power line, up to 240 V rms continuous.

A series output switch is included to eliminate the need for external multiplexing in many applications. This switch has a low output resistance and is controlled by an active-low enable input. When the output switch is not used, ground the enable input to I/O common to turn on the switch.


  • Accepts Potentiometer Inputs
  • 4 Hz BW
  • Output Linear with Input Resistance
  • 0-5V Output

Functional Block Diagram for 5B36


Title Content Type File Type
5B36: Isolated, Potentiometer Input Data Sheet  (Rev 0, 01/1999) (pdf, 685 kB) Data Sheets PDF
AN-529: 5B Series Signal Conditioning Subsystems in RFI/EMI Fields  (pdf, 24 kB) Application Notes PDF
AN-535: Digital Input/Output Subsystems  (pdf, 336 kB) Application Notes PDF
AN-533: Applying 5B Series Backplanes and Mounting Cards  (pdf, 145 kB) Application Notes PDF
AN-530: Narrow or Wide Bandwidth 5B Series Input Modules: Which is the Right Choice?  (pdf, 18 kB) Application Notes PDF
AN-528: Design Considerations for Designing a 5B Series System  (pdf, 16 kB) Application Notes PDF
5B Series Manual  (pdf, 2274 kB) User Guides PDF
Make vs. Buy! When Should I Reinvent the Wheel?
(Analog Dialogue, Vol. 33, No. 10, November-December, 1999)
Analog Dialogue HTML
5B Series Backplanes and Mounting Cards Backplanes HTML
5B Series Custom Configuration Ranges Configuration Guides HTML
5B Series Configuration Guide Configuration Guides HTML
IOS Custom Product Worksheet
As a Design Subcontractor, IOS believes it essential to engage with our customers early in the development cycle. Complete the form and it will be reviewed and you will be contacted by one of our design specialists.
Custom Product Worksheet HTML
5B Series Accessories Accessories HTML
5B Series Power Supplies Power Supplies HTML
Selecting the Right Signal Conditioning Series for Your Application Overview HTML
All Series Modules Overview HTML
IOS 3 Year Warranty  (pdf, 23 kB) Overview PDF
5B Series Overviews Overview HTML
IOS Short Form Brochure  (pdf, 2298 kB) Overview PDF
RAQs index Rarely Asked Questions HTML
Glossary of EE Terms Glossary HTML

Design Tools,Models,Drivers & Software

Title Content Type File Type
5B I/O Subsystem Software Tools
  • 5BCUSTOM.ZIP  (zip, 2111 kB)
    5B Custom Program for Windows 3.1. 5B Custom program assists users of 5B Series of signal conditioners in selecting Custom-Ranged 5B Modules. The program also lists general 5B information, ranges, application notes, etc... [D/L Time 22.5 min @ 14.4Kbps]. 2162562 01-22-96
    Steps on how to deal with noise with the 5B modules. 4096 10-27-93 (txt, 4,096 bytes)
    Windows Conversion Utility Program for common temperature sensing devices. Sensors (Ver 1.2) Dated: Feb 15, 1994. 351525 08-24-95 (zip, 351,525 bytes)
    Simple steps explaining Temperature Conversion for our Thermocouple Modules (3B, 5B, 7B). 1920 07-09-93 (txt, 2,136 bytes)
I/O Subsystem Software Tools HTML

Evaluation Kits & Symbols & Footprints

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Price, packaging, availability

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Price Table Help

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