Current Sensing Amplifiers

Current sensing amplifiers measure current by outputting a voltage that is proportional to the flowing power current. A resistor is used to convert the load current to a small voltage which is then accurately amplified. They offer real-time overcurrent protection.


What are the different applications of current sensing amplifiers?


Accurate current sensing is crucial to optimising performance in a range of applications, such as motor control and power management. In devices where battery or power-line monitoring is highly necessary, like laptops and phones, current sensing amplifiers are critical. 


How to choose the right type of current sensing amplifier


There are several factors that will determine the the type of amplifier you choose, including whether the measurement will be on the high or low side. The sense resistor can be placed either between the supply voltage and load, or between the load and ground. The former is called high-side seinsing, whereas the latter is called low-side sensing. High voltage current sensing amplifiers offer input ranges up to +76V and down to -20V, ideal for applications such as motor control and network routers. Low power current sensing amplifiers help to maximise and extend battery life. 


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RS Stock No. 146-1151
Mfr. Part No.MAX4172ESA+
PHP184.01
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Single 5 V, 9 V, 12 V, 15 V, 18 V, 24 V, 28 V - - 1 - 1.6 mA Surface Mount SOIC 8 5 x 4 x 1.5mm 1.5mm 5mm 32 V
RS Stock No. 540-3791
Mfr. Part No.MAX4172ESA+
PHP155.95
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Single 5 V, 9 V, 12 V, 15 V, 18 V, 24 V, 28 V - - 1 - 1.6 mA Surface Mount SOIC 8 5 x 4 x 1.5mm 1.5mm 5mm 32 V
RS Stock No. 461-6586
Mfr. Part No.INA169NA/250
PHP126.68
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Single 12 V, 15 V, 18 V, 24 V, 28 V, 3 V, 5 V, 9 V - 100dB 1 - - Surface Mount SOT-23 5 2.9 x 1.6 x 1.15mm 1.15mm 2.9mm 60 V
RS Stock No. 100-3851
Mfr. Part No.INA169NA/250
PHP83.644
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Single 3 V, 5 V, 9 V, 12 V, 15 V, 18 V, 24 V, 28 V - 100dB 1 - - Surface Mount SOT-23 5 2.9 x 1.6 x 1.15mm 1.15mm 2.9mm 60 V
RS Stock No. 461-6564
Mfr. Part No.INA168NA/250
PHP102.93
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Single 12 V, 15 V, 18 V, 24 V, 28 V, 3 V, 5 V, 9 V - 100dB 1 - - Surface Mount SOT-23 5 2.9 x 1.6 x 1.15mm 1.15mm 2.9mm 36 V
RS Stock No. 100-3850
Mfr. Part No.INA168NA/250
PHP73.735
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Single 3 V, 5 V, 9 V, 12 V, 15 V, 18 V, 24 V, 28 V - 100dB 1 - - Surface Mount SOT-23 5 2.9 x 1.6 x 1.15mm 1.15mm 2.9mm 36 V
RS Stock No. 461-6558
Mfr. Part No.INA139NA/250
PHP96.76
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Single 12 V, 15 V, 18 V, 24 V, 28 V, 3 V, 5 V, 9 V - 100dB 1 - - Surface Mount SOT-23 5 2.9 x 1.6 x 1.15mm 1.15mm 2.9mm 40 V
RS Stock No. 817-6603
Mfr. Part No.INA282AID
PHP170.012
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Single 2.7 → 18 V - 120dB 1 Bidirectional 900 μA Surface Mount SOIC 8 5 x 4 x 1.5mm 1.5mm 5mm 18 V
RS Stock No. 921-2940
Mfr. Part No.INA282AID
PHP123.34
Each (In a Tube of 75)
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Single 2.7 → 18 V - 120dB 1 Bidirectional 900 μA Surface Mount SOIC 8 5 x 4 x 1.5mm 1.5mm 5mm 18 V
RS Stock No. 426-308
Mfr. Part No.TSC101BILT
PHP71.508
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Single 12 V, 15 V, 18 V, 5 V, 9 V - 90dB 1 - 0.3 mA Surface Mount SOT-23 5 3 x 1.75 x 1.3mm 1.3mm 3mm 24 V
RS Stock No. 423-478
Mfr. Part No.LTC6104CMS8#PBF
PHP202.73
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Single 12 V, 15 V, 18 V, 24 V, 28 V, 5 V, 9 V - - 1 - 1.04 mA Surface Mount MSOP 8 3 x 3 x 0.86mm 0.86mm 3mm 60 V
RS Stock No. 100-3849
Mfr. Part No.INA139NA/250
PHP63.923
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Single 3 V, 5 V, 9 V, 12 V, 15 V, 18 V, 24 V, 28 V - 100dB 1 - - Surface Mount SOT-23 5 2.9 x 1.6 x 1.15mm 1.15mm 2.9mm 40 V
RS Stock No. 920-6311
Mfr. Part No.TSC101BILT
PHP35.203
Each (On a Reel of 3000)
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Single 5 V, 9 V, 12 V, 15 V, 18 V - 90dB 1 - 0.3 mA Surface Mount SOT-23 5 3 x 1.75 x 1.3mm 1.3mm 3mm 24 V
RS Stock No. 145-7057
Mfr. Part No.LTC6104CMS8#PBF
PHP108.822
Each (In a Tube of 50)
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Single 5 V, 9 V, 12 V, 15 V, 18 V, 24 V, 28 V - - 1 - 1.04 mA Surface Mount MSOP 8 3 x 3 x 0.86mm 0.86mm 3mm 60 V
RS Stock No. 165-9357
Mfr. Part No.MAX4173FEUT+T
PHP134.308
Each (On a Reel of 2500)
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Single 3 → 28 V - 90dB 1 - 1 mA Surface Mount SOT-23 6 3 x 1.75 x 1.3mm 1.3mm 3mm 28 V
RS Stock No. 545-7647
Mfr. Part No.INA196AIDBVT
PHP125.374
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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Single 3 V, 5 V, 9 V, 12 V, 15 V - 80dB 1 - - Surface Mount SOT-23 5 2.9 x 1.6 x 1.15mm 1.15mm 2.9mm 18 V
RS Stock No. 166-0789
Mfr. Part No.TSC101CILT
PHP44.936
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Single 5 V, 9 V, 12 V, 15 V, 18 V - 90dB 1 - 0.3 mA Surface Mount SOT-23 5 3 x 1.75 x 1.3mm 1.3mm 3mm 24 V
RS Stock No. 761-6328
Mfr. Part No.LMP8601MA/NOPB
PHP148.71
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Single 5 V - 80dB 1 Bidirectional, Differential, Rail to Rail, Unidirectional 1.3 mA Surface Mount SOIC 8 4.9 x 3.9 x 1.45mm 1.45mm 4.9mm 5.5 V
RS Stock No. 661-3422
Mfr. Part No.INA206AID
PHP116.52
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- - - - - - - Surface Mount SOIC 14 8.65 x 3.91 x 1.58mm 1.58mm 8.65mm -
RS Stock No. 761-6334
Mfr. Part No.LMP8603MA/NOPB
PHP170.01
Each
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Single 5 V - 80dB 1 Bidirectional, Differential, Rail to Rail, Unidirectional 1.3 mA Surface Mount SOIC 8 3 x 3 x 0.86mm 0.86mm 3mm 5.5 V
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