Digital Potentiometers

What is a Digital potentiometer?
Digital Potentiometers are a three terminal device, two fixed end terminals and one wiper terminal which is used to vary the resistance.
A Digital potentiometer also known as digipot, is similar to a standard analogue potentiometer, which is a variable resistor except the digital potentiometer has an integrated chip (IC) that accepts a signal input rather than the physical movement of a shaft or slide for adjustment. Potentiometers physically change the resistance value whereas digital potentiometers modify the resistance value via digital inputs rather than a rotary wheel or a slider.
Where might I use one?
Digital potentiometers would be beneficial where environmental factors would impact a mechanical potentiometer in areas where there is vibration, dust, moisture or grease as digital potentiometers are encapsulated they offer better protection, they are also less vunerable to vibration Digital potentiometers are used to calibrate system tolerances or control system parameters.

What are the advantages over a mechanical potentiometer?
Digital potentiometers can be operated in a closed control loop and don’t need physical access to be adjusted. . They offer better stability and reliability and as digital will offer additional functionality, some even have on - chip memory
Applications
• System calibration
• Process control
• Sensor calibration
• Smart actuator
• Voltage margining
• Programmable power supplies
• Volume control

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Description Price Control Interface Resistance Value Number of Positions Taper Type Memory Type Number of Pots per Package Mounting Type Package Type Pin Count Power Supply Type Typical Single Supply Voltage Typical Dual Supply Voltage Dimensions Height
RS Stock No. 403-676
Mfr. Part No.MCP41010-E/P
BrandMicrochip
PHP76.70
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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Serial-SPI 10kΩ 256 Linear - 1 Through Hole PDIP 8 Single 3.3 V, 5 V - 9.27 x 6.35 x 3.3mm 3.3mm
RS Stock No. 144-9093
Mfr. Part No.MCP41010-E/P
BrandMicrochip
PHP57.612
Each (In a Tube of 60)
units
Serial-SPI 10kΩ 256 Linear - 1 Through Hole PDIP 8 Single 3.3 V, 5 V - 9.27 x 6.35 x 3.3mm 3.3mm
RS Stock No. 403-654
Mfr. Part No.MCP41100-E/P
BrandMicrochip
PHP76.70
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
Serial-SPI 100kΩ 256 Linear - 1 Through Hole PDIP 8 Single 3.3 V, 5 V - 9.27 x 6.35 x 3.3mm 3.3mm
RS Stock No. 144-5722
Mfr. Part No.MCP41100-E/P
BrandMicrochip
PHP57.612
Each (In a Tube of 60)
units
Serial-SPI 100kΩ 256 Linear - 1 Through Hole PDIP 8 Single 3.3 V, 5 V - 9.27 x 6.35 x 3.3mm 3.3mm
RS Stock No. 738-6976
Mfr. Part No.MCP4131-503E/SN
BrandMicrochip
PHP33.786
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
Serial-SPI 50kΩ 129 Linear Volatile 1 Surface Mount SOIC 8 Single 1.8 → 5.5 V - 4.9 x 3.9 x 1.25mm 1.25mm
RS Stock No. 165-3382
Mfr. Part No.MCP4017T-104E/LT
BrandMicrochip
PHP20.539
Each (On a Reel of 3000)
units
Serial-I2C 100kΩ 128 Linear Volatile 1 Surface Mount SC-70 6 Single 1.8 → 5.5 V - 2 x 1.25 x 1mm 1mm
RS Stock No. 738-6799
Mfr. Part No.MCP4017T-104E/LT
BrandMicrochip
PHP25.794
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
Serial-I2C 100kΩ 128 Linear Volatile 1 Surface Mount SC-70 6 Single 1.8 → 5.5 V - 2 x 1.25 x 1mm 1mm
RS Stock No. 403-733
Mfr. Part No.MCP42010-E/SL
BrandMicrochip
PHP108.246
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
Serial-SPI 10kΩ 256 Linear - 2 Surface Mount SOIC 14 Single 3.3 V, 5 V - 8.65 x 3.9 x 1.25mm 1.25mm
RS Stock No. 889-5411
Mfr. Part No.MCP42010-E/SL
BrandMicrochip
PHP79.711
Each (In a Tube of 57)
units
Serial-SPI 10kΩ 256 Linear - 2 Surface Mount SOIC 14 Single 3.3 V, 5 V - 8.65 x 3.9 x 1.25mm 1.25mm
RS Stock No. 669-6449
Mfr. Part No.MCP4651-103E/ST
BrandMicrochip
PHP47.862
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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Serial-2 Wire, Serial-I2C 10kΩ 256 - Volatile 2 Surface Mount TSSOP 14 Single 2.5 V, 3.3 V, 5 V - 5 x 4.4 x 1mm 1mm
RS Stock No. 145-8959
Mfr. Part No.MCP4651-103E/ST
BrandMicrochip
PHP38.542
Each (In a Tube of 96)
units
Serial-2 Wire, Serial-I2C 10kΩ 256 - Volatile 2 Surface Mount TSSOP 14 Single 2.5 V, 3.3 V, 5 V - 5 x 4.4 x 1mm 1mm
RS Stock No. 669-6430
Mfr. Part No.MCP4641-103E/ST
BrandMicrochip
PHP52.508
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
Serial-2 Wire, Serial-I2C 10kΩ 128 - Non-Volatile 2 Surface Mount TSSOP 14 Single 2.5 V, 3.3 V, 5 V - 5 x 4.4 x 1mm 1mm
RS Stock No. 159-6629
Mfr. Part No.MCP4641-103E/ST
BrandMicrochip
PHP43.643
Each (In a Tube of 96)
units
Serial-2 Wire, Serial-I2C 10kΩ 128 - Non-Volatile 2 Surface Mount TSSOP 14 Single 2.5 V, 3.3 V, 5 V - 5 x 4.4 x 1mm 1mm
RS Stock No. 738-6109
Mfr. Part No.MCP4011-502E/SN
BrandMicrochip
PHP25.794
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
Serial-2 Wire 5kΩ 64 - Volatile - Surface Mount SOIC 8 Single 2.5 V, 3.3 V, 5 V - 4.9 x 3.9 x 1.25mm 1.25mm
RS Stock No. 165-3375
Mfr. Part No.MCP4012T-503E/CH
BrandMicrochip
PHP20.539
Each (On a Reel of 3000)
units
Serial-2 Wire 50kΩ 64 Linear Volatile 1 Surface Mount SOT-23 6 Single 1.8 → 5.5 V - 3.1 x 1.75 x 1.3mm 1.3mm
RS Stock No. 144-9092
Mfr. Part No.MCP41050-E/P
BrandMicrochip
PHP57.612
Each (In a Tube of 60)
units
Serial-SPI 50kΩ 256 Linear - 1 Through Hole PDIP 8 Single 3.3 V, 5 V - 9.27 x 6.35 x 3.3mm 3.3mm
RS Stock No. 723-9968
Mfr. Part No.MCP4161-103E/P
BrandMicrochip
PHP49.805
Each (In a Pack of 2)
units
Serial-SPI 10kΩ 257 Linear Non-Volatile 1 Through Hole PDIP 8 Single 1.8 to 5.5 V - 0.4 x 0.28 x 0.195in 4.95mm
RS Stock No. 403-743
Mfr. Part No.MCP41100-E/SN
BrandMicrochip
PHP73.506
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
Serial-SPI 100kΩ 256 Linear - 1 Surface Mount SOIC 8 Single 3.3 V, 5 V - 4.9 x 3.9 x 1.25mm 1.25mm
RS Stock No. 738-6972
Mfr. Part No.MCP4131-503E/P
BrandMicrochip
PHP34.968
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
Serial-SPI 50kΩ 129 Linear Volatile 1 Through Hole PDIP 8 Single 1.8 to 5.5 V - 0.4 x 0.28 x 0.195in 4.95mm
RS Stock No. 738-6825
Mfr. Part No.MCP4019T-104E/LT
BrandMicrochip
PHP25.302
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
Serial-I2C 100kΩ 128 Linear Volatile 1 Surface Mount SC-70 5 Single 1.8 → 5.5 V - 2.25 x 1.35 x 1mm 1mm