Comparator voltage input range?

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by Oussama Zaidi, Jun 1, 2016.

  1. Oussama Zaidi

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    Mar 1, 2016
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    Hi
    I have a comparator that will be supplied by Vdd=3.3V and Vss connected to GND, in the datasheet it is written that the common-mode input voltage maximum value is Vdd-1.5V, does that mean that the average of the inputs needs to be less than Vdd-1.5 or both of them? If I guarantee that the average of the inputs is less than Vdd-1.5 can the positive input be greater than Vdd, 4V for example?
     
  2. dl324

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    Mar 30, 2015
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    The common mode input voltage specifies the range that both inputs must stay between at all times for correct operation. With Vdd=3.3V, 4V is not allowed.
     
  3. wayneh

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    The comparator does not care about the average of the two inputs. The limits apply to each input individually.
     
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