Potentiometer or Slidewire Input Signal Conditioning Module
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.
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