Resistance Question - can anyone do this?

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lostlego

Joined Aug 15, 2006
2
hey guys,

I've got this question which i am having trouble doing, i was wondering if anyone out there knows a valid resistance for this question?

DeviceA........................................................................DeviceB
........................R=?
3.3v o-----------/\/\/\------o-------------o---------------o ~3.3v
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..............................3.6v ----- .............___+10uF
........................zener diode/.\...............___
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0v o------------------------o-------------o---------------o 0v

Ok so this is the circuit and i was wondering what the Resistance of R would be? Device A can supply either 5v or 3.3v however Device B only works on 3.3v so the zener diode is there just as precaution if Device A accidently operates on 5v. Now Device B be has a current consumption which should not exceed 10mA.

I estimated R to be 80 ohms, but it is just a guess. What do you guys think?
 

thingmaker3

Joined May 16, 2005
5,084
Device B impedence is 3.3v / 0.01a = 330ohms.

If R is too large, then Device B might not be able to operate. R does need to be large enough keep zener current within safe operating limits. I suggest keeping current below 100ma when Device A is at 5v.
 

nomurphy

Joined Aug 8, 2005
567
You need two knowns to find the third unknown, in this case the key is the 10mA limitation:

1.4V = 5 - 3.6V

140 ohms = 1.4V / 10mA
 
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