Comparators

A Comparator is a circuit that accepts two voltages or currents and then switches the output showing which of the two is bigger. Comparators are found in components such as analogue to digital converters (ADCs). Comparators are like operational amplifiers except a comparator is designed specifically to operate with positive feedback and output saturated at one power rail or the other.

How a Comparator works

A comparator samples two input pins and turns on the output when identifying either a difference or similarity. An example is when you have a minus voltage on the inverting Pin and a plus non-inverting. When the voltage on the non-inverting equals the inverting voltage the Pin turns on. Normally the output Pin is open and switches to ground when the comparator is activated.

Why use a Comparator?

The primary use of a comparator is converting analogue to digital (ADC). Two supply voltages are applied and the difference determines a high or low digital signal.

Types of Comparator

  • Current sense
  • Differential / Dual differential
  • Dual / Dual CMOS
  • Dual voltage / General voltage
  • General-purpose
  • Ground sense
  • High speed / high-speed CMOS
  • Low current CMOS
  • Low power / low voltage / low-power CMOS
  • Micropower
  • Nano power
  • Precision
  • Push/pull output
  • Quad differential
  • Rail to rail
  • Voltage
  • Window

Mounting Types

Comparators can be found in both surface mount and through-hole mounting configurations to enable use in a wide variety of applications.

Comparator power supply types

Available in both single and dual power supply configurations, a comparator can easily be implemented into a robust solution.

Various package types, pins, sizes, channels per chip, PSRR (power supply rejection ratio), CMRR (common-mode rejection ratio) are all available.


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RS Stock No. 527-530
Mfr. Part No.LM211DR
PHP22.071
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General Purpose Surface Mount SOIC Dual, Single Open Collector/Emitter 1 0.165µs 8 5 → 28 V 4.9 x 3.91 x 1.58mm 4.9mm 3.91mm 1.58mm -
RS Stock No. 774-7532
Mfr. Part No.MCP6542-E/P
BrandMicrochip
PHP32.414
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General Purpose Through Hole PDIP Single Push-Pull 2 - 8 1.6 to 5.5 V 0.4 x 0.28 x 0.195in 10.16mm 0.28in 4.95mm 70dB
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Mfr. Part No.LM339ADR
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General Purpose Surface Mount SOIC Dual, Single Open Collector 4 1.3µs 14 3 → 28 V 8.65 x 3.91 x 1.58mm 8.65mm 3.91mm 1.58mm -
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Mfr. Part No.MCP6542-E/P
BrandMicrochip
PHP27.269
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General Purpose Through Hole PDIP Single Push-Pull 2 - 8 1.6 → 5.5 V 0.4 x 0.28 x 0.195in 10.16mm 0.28in 4.95mm 70dB
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Mfr. Part No.LM311DR
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General Purpose Surface Mount SOIC Dual, Single Open Collector 4 1.3µs 14 5 → 28 V 8.75 x 4 x 1.5mm 8.75mm 4mm 1.5mm -
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High Speed Surface Mount SOIC Single Push-Pull 2 0.009µs 8 1.8 → 5 V 5 x 4 x 1.25mm 5mm 4mm 1.25mm 67dB
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High Speed Surface Mount SOIC Single Push-Pull 2 0.009µs 8 1.8 → 5 V 5 x 4 x 1.25mm 5mm 4mm 1.25mm 67dB
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General Purpose Surface Mount SOIC Dual, Single CMOS, TTL 4 1.3µs 14 3 → 30 V 8.75 x 4 x 1.5mm 8.75mm 4mm 1.5mm -
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Mfr. Part No.LM393P
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General Purpose Through Hole PDIP Dual, Single CMOS, MOS, Open Collector, TTL 2 1.3µs 8 2 → 36 V 10.16 x 6.6 x 4.57mm 10.16mm 6.6mm 4.57mm -
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General Purpose Surface Mount LFCSP Dual ECL 1 0.037ns 16 - 3 x 3 x 0.8mm 3mm 3mm 0.8mm 60dB
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General Purpose Surface Mount SOIC Dual, Single Open Collector 4 1.3µs 14 5 → 28 V 8.75 x 4 x 1.5mm 8.75mm 4mm 1.5mm -
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General Purpose Surface Mount SOIC Dual, Single Open Collector/Emitter 1 0.165µs 8 5 → 28 V 4.9 x 3.91 x 1.58mm 4.9mm 3.91mm 1.58mm -
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General Purpose Surface Mount SOIC Dual, Single Open Collector/Emitter 1 0.165µs 8 5 → 28 V 4.9 x 3.91 x 1.58mm 4.9mm 3.91mm 1.58mm -