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Re: Very much useful
Sanjib.A   9/11/2013 1:02:56 PM
Hi Max, Thanks a lot for sharing the guide. This is a pretty elaborated description about the calibration methodology and the advantages of the newer devices with advanced current sensing technique, which make the calibration easier. I am also impressed to see the option for "no calibration", where the "typical" slope and offset correction factors could be used from the datasheet instead of adding a calibration process during production...this is good for the application where accuracy is not that important. Thanks!

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Re: Very much useful
Max The Magnificent   9/11/2013 1:28:50 PM
@Sanjib.A: Hi Max, Thanks a lot for sharing the guide.

It's my very great pleasure -- I think it contains a lot of useful information.

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Re: Another approach to current monitor
Brian@BDH   9/11/2013 3:58:31 PM

@Aubrey: Re: Do you know if there is a data sheet available? Perhaps it is still preliminary.

Yes, the datasheet is in Max's inbox - I asked him to forward it to you since I didn't have your email address readily available :-) 

Correct, the part does not launch in production until Dec13/Jan14, so the datasheet is still a Target datasheet and the Final datasheet has not been released on the website yet.  However, samples are available!


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smart PWM "mosfets"
salbayeng   11/21/2013 7:29:49 AM
Hi Aubrey , 

More good stuff in your blog as always.

Unfortunate that the only units with status indication, the ZXMS6002G and ZXMS6003G have a feeble 500mohm  Rds , what kind of automative load only uses 1A? , heck a simple PTC placed in close proximity to the MOSFET tab would provide sufficient protection for a 12v / 1A load.

Have you seen the DRV101 , in a TO220 5pin  package , meant for solenoid driver, hits it hard at first then throttles back to PWM, interestingly it has a fault output for both under and overcurrent. 


I've also looked at using the UC2845 (usually a current mode flyback PWM driver) driving any old mosfet. If you average the PWM signal (while it's running closed loop)   as an analog voltage , you can determine whether it is open or short circuit. But it won't go to 100% duty so only good for bulbs and coils / motors.

Underdriving the gate is a big MOSFET killer , so some kind of de-saturation detector would be helpful.

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Re: smart PWM "mosfets"
antedeluvian   11/21/2013 9:42:26 AM

I've also looked at using the UC2845 (usually a current mode flyback PWM driver) driving any old mosfet. If you average the PWM signal (while it's running closed loop)   as an analog voltage , you can determine whether it is open or short circuit.

This is a great idea. You shoul;d submit it to EDN's Design Ideas- make yourself a few bucks.


Have you seen the DRV101

Thnaks for the pointer. I recently saw a TI part, but was only rated to 20V, for automotive applications. This one I can use!

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