Looking for a parameter of TL431

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praondevou

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I'm looking for a parameter telling me the maximum allowable voltage on the reference input of the TL431. It only gives me the max. input current. There is no reference voltage parameter under Absolute Max Ratings.

What if I wanted to use it as a voltage comparator where the reference voltage will exceed 2.5V, e.g. 15V? It should work, question is, how long....

I attached a diagram. Ignore the transistor type and the absolute resistor values, I didn't even check the transistors parameters... it's only about the max voltage on the ref input.

Any ideas?

Thanks
 

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praondevou

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In the TI datasheet heading, it says:
Absolute max for the cathode voltage is 37.
http://www.ti.com/lit/ds/symlink/tl431.pdf
I don't know who's datasheet you're looking at.
Mmh, yes it says adjustable "output" voltage. The way it is normally used the reference voltage will not go higher than 2.5V, because this is where it begins to conduct, and the 2 resistor divider is normally connected to the output voltage.
I'm planning to put a resistor divider that will apply a voltage much higher than 2.5V at the ref input. The 431 will conduct but the ref input voltage will not decrease because the divider is connected to the input voltage. I'm not worried about the cathode voltage parameter.

edit: btw, the TI datasheet has an internal diagram included... thanks
 

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praondevou

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The TI datasheet has an application called voltage monitor (figure 26) that is very similar to what I'm doing. In my case it will be an over and under voltage lockout...
I guess the REF input's max voltage rating is supposed to be the same as for the cathode, even though it doesn't mention it. But if they put it in their datasheet it's obviously allowed.

Thanks again
 

SgtWookie

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I had to run out for a bit - looks like you found the info you were looking for. That TI datasheet is pretty good - lots of example circuits.
 
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