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single op-amp window comparator

Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Lee, May 7, 2005.

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  1. Lee

    Lee Guest

    Modified drawing
    You make a mirror image along the horz line.

    R1 and R2 are much lower values than R3 and R4

  2. Ken Smith

    Ken Smith Guest

    I think the reason you are having trouble is that several of the values
    are just "pick one" so you don't see an obvious "this resistor has to be

    Assume R1 is 10K.

    Assume R3+R4 is 100K.

    Find R2 such that D1 is carrying the same current as D2 with the input
    voltage at the positive trip point.

    Do the same for the mirror image version.

    Calculate the voltage at the junction of R2 and R3 (and R2' and R3') at
    the two trip points.

    Now you can write equations for what the inputs of the op-amps will be in
    each case.

    The two inputs to the op-amp just become equal when the voltage passes the
    trip point.

    This means that you end up with two equations that have R3, R4, R3' and
    R4' in them.

    You also have R3 = 100K-R4 and R3' = 100K-R4'

    This means you have 4 equations and 4 variables. If the gods are smiling
    on you, there is a solution that does not require negitive resistors.
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