5B36 Isolated, Potentiometer Input


Model 5B36-03The 5B36 is a single-channel signal conditioning module that amplifies, isolates, filters, buffers a wide variety of three-wire potentiometers and two-wire rheostats (slidewires). The module provides an accurately scaled, low-noise low-impedance output of 0 to +5 V.

Accurate and Stable Performance

The 5B36 supplies protected potentiometer/slidewire excitation from a pair of closely matched precision current sources designed to cancel errors due to lead resistances.

A low-drift chopper-stabilized differential amplifier allows use of a very low excitation current to minimize error due to potentiometer self-heating. The amplifiers low input offset drift (±0.004 Ω/°C) and gain drift of 30 ppm/°C assure accuracy over the full operating temperature range.

True Three-Port Isolation 

The floating, differential input circuit on the field side eliminates the need for any input grounding. Signal and power isolation by transformer coupling uses a proprietary modulation technique for linear, stable and reliable performance. A demodulator on the computer side of the signal transformer recovers the original signal, which is then filtered and buffered to provide a low-noise, low-impedance output signal. True three-port isolation (Input-Output-Power) includes common-mode ratings of : 1500 V rms between input-output and input-power; 250 V rms between power and output - no return path is required between the power and signal output commons.

Filtering and Protection 

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

The 5B36 protects the computer side from damage due to field-side overvoltage faults. The module withstands 240 V rms at the input terminals without damage, thereby shielding the internal computer-side circuitry from field-side overvoltage conditions. In addition, the 5B36 is mix-and-match and hot swappable with all other 5B Series modules, so can be inserted or removed from any socket in the same backplane without disrupting system power.

Convenience Features 

A series output switch eliminates the need for external multiplexing in many applications. The switch is turned on by an active-low enable input. If the switch is to be on at all times, the enable-input should be grounded to output common as it is on the 5B01 and 5B08 backplanes.

Input and Output Ranges

Figure 1. 5B36 Functional Block Diagram

5B36 Input Field Connections
Figure 2. 5B36 Input Field Connections

Input Types
Output Range
Potentiometers/Slidewires to 10kΩ
0 to +5 V

5B36 Models Available

Model  Input
Order Now 5B36-01
0 Ω to 100 Ω
0 V to +5 V
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0 Ω to 500 Ω
0 V to +5 V
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0 Ω to 1 kΩ
0 V to +5 V
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5B36-04 0 Ω to 10 kΩ
0 V to +5 V

5B36-Custom * *

* Custom Input/Output ranges are available. Refer to configuration guide.

5B36 Specifications

(typical @ +25°C and Vs = +5 V dc)

Description  Model 5B36
Input Ranges
Standard Ranges
0 Ω to 10 kΩ (Refer to Model Table)
Custom Ranges
0 Ω to 10 kΩ (Refer to Ordering Section)
Output Ranges (RL > 50 kΩ)
0 V to +5 V
Initial @ +25°C
±0.08% Span
Input Offset vs. Temperature

   100 Ω, 500 Ω, 1 kΩ Sensors ±0.004 Ω/°C
   10 kΩ Sensor
±0.01 Ω/°C
Output Offset vs. Temperature
±20 µV/°C
Gain vs. Temperature
±0.003% of Reading/°C
Input Resistance
Power On > 1000 MΩ
Power Off 200 kΩ
Overload 200 kΩ
Input, 0.1 Hz to 10 Hz Bandwidth
0.2 µV rms
Output, 100 kHz Bandwidth
100 µV rms (0.3 mV peak-peak)
Output, 1 MHz Bandwidth
1.5 mV peak-peak
Output, 5 MHz Bandwidth
6 mV peak-peak
Bandwidth, -3 dB 4 Hz
Output Rise Time, 10% to 90% Span
100 ms
Common-Mode Voltage (CMV)
Input-to-Output, Continuous
1500 V rms, maximum
Input-to-Power, Continuous
1500 V rms, maximum
Output-to-Power, Continuous2
250 V rms, maximum
Transient ANSI/IEEE C37.90.1-1989
Common-Mode Rejection (CMR)
1 kΩ Source Imbalance, 50/60 Hz
170 dB
Normal Mode Rejection (NMR)
116 dB @ 60 Hz; 108 dB @ 50 Hz
Sensor Excitation Current
100 Ω, 500 Ω, 1 kΩ Sensors 0.25 mA
10 Ω Cu
1.0 mA
Lead Resistance Effect
100 Ω, 500 Ω, 1 kΩ Sensors ±0.005 Ω/Ω
10 kΩ Sensor
±0.01 Ω/Ω
Input Protection
240 V rms, maximum
ANSI/IEEE C37.90.1-1989
Output Resistance
25 Ω
Voltage Output Protection
Continuous Short to Ground
Output Current Limit ±9 mA
Output Selection Time
6 µs to ±1 mV of Vout @ Cload = 0 to 2,000 pF
Output Enable Control2
Max Logic "0"  +0.8 V
Min Logic "1"
+2.4 V
Max Logic "1"
+100 V
Input Current "0", "1"
0.5 µA
Power Supply Voltage
+5 V dc ±5%
Power Supply Current 15 mA
Power Supply Sensitivity, RTI
±2 µV/% of Vs
Mechanical Dimensions
2.275" x 2.375" x 0.595"
(57.8 mm x 59.1 mm x 15.1 mm)
Temperature Range
   Rated Performance -40°C to +85°C
   Operating -40°C to +85°C
   Storage -40°C to +85°C
Relative Humidity
0 to 93% @ +40°C noncondensing
RFI Susceptibility
±0.5% Span error @ 400 MHz, 5 Watt, 3 ft

* ±0.025 Ω For Cu RTD's; ±0.1 Ω For Ni RTD's. 
1 Includes the combined effects of repeatability, hysteresis, and nonlinearity error. Loads heavier than 50 kΩ will degrade nonlinearity and gain temperature coefficient. 
2 The user's board layout must separate Power Common from Output Common. When the output switch is not used, connect the Enable Input to the Output Common. Output Common is connected to power common when the 5B36 is installed on a 5B Series backplane.

Specifications subject to change without notice.