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Digitally Programmable Potentiometer ICs Deliver Enhanced Stability and Reliability

Mon, 08/03/2009 - 9:13am
ON Semiconductor has expanded its family of Digitally Programmable Potentiometer (DPP™) ICs with new high-resolution devices incorporating I2C and Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) Bus connectivity. The new DPPs offer a low-noise, reliable and space-saving alternative to mechanical potentiometers in applications ranging from instrumentation and industrial automation to portable battery-powered equipment. The CAT5171 and CAT5172 are single-channel, digitally programmable linear taper potentiometers featuring 256-position resolution. Digital control of wiper settings is made via I2C and SPI interfaces respectively and both devices are available with end-to-end resistance options of 50 k? and 100 ?k. The CAT5171 and CAT5172 are insensitive to mechanical vibrations, shock, oxidation, and dust and dirt unlike their mechanical counterparts. Each device also has a low temperature coefficient of 100 part per million per degrees Celsius (ppm/ºC). As a result they are much more stable and reliable than mechanical potentiometers across a wider variety of environmental conditions.
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