Modulator eliminates 75% of shunt resistor’s power losses

1st September 2016
Daisy Stapley-Bunten

A developer and global supplier of a broad range of analogue and digital semiconductor connectivity solutions, Broadcom, has announced a new optically isolated sigma-delta modulator device, the Avago ACPL-C799, designed for a wide range of industrial applications including servo drives and motors.

The new device features a low differential input range of ±50mV allowing designers to reduce power dissipation across a current-sensing shunt resistor in servo drive and motor applications.

Compared to previous generation products with an input range of ±200 mV, the ACPL-C799 enables the use of a smaller shunt resistor with one-quarter the value, thereby eliminating 75% of shunt resistor’s power losses. Despite the reduced input voltage range, the device delivers superb SNR, ENOB and offset drift performance, enabling a high precision motor control in space constrained, high temperature environments.

Product highlights

  • ±50mV linear input range
    • Low power dissipation across shunt resistor
    • Extended range of current measurements
  • High performance 1-bit, 2nd order sigma-delta modulator
    • 77dB SNR typical
    • 16-bit resolution with no missing codes (12-bit ENOB)
    • 1.3µV/oC maximum offset drift over temperature
    • 10MHz internal clock
  • Robust optical isolation and insulation
    • 25kV/µs minimum Common Mode Transient Immunity (CMTI)
    • Wide creepage and clearance of 8.3mm meeting stringent system level safety regulation
    • High reinforced insulation voltage of VIORM=1414 VPEAK for reliable fail-safe protection in high voltage applications
    • Safety approvals from CSA, UL and IEC enabling fast system level safety clearance and time to market.
  • Compact stretched SO-8 package
  • Operating temperature from -40 to +105°C

“Driven by strong growth in industrial automation, more and more servo designers are looking for a highly efficient, robust current sensing solution that will serve many servo drive models and motors at different current levels,” said Tze Siong Chong, Vice President and General Manager of the Isolation Products Division at Broadcom. “Expanding upon Broadcom’s market-leading optically isolated current sensing portfolio, the ACPL-C799 is the latest addition that enables higher efficiency through shunt resistor size reduction while delivering improved performance with unparalleled robustness.”

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