Comparators

What is a Comparator?

A Comparator is a circuit which accepts two voltages or currents and then switches the output showing which is bigger. Comparators are found in components like analogue to digital converters. Comparators are like operational amplifiers except a comparator is designed 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 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 analog to digital (ADC). Two supply voltage 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, Micro power, Nano power, Precision, Push/pull output, Quad differential, Rail to rail, Voltage, Window.

Mounting Types.
Surface mount
Through hole
Comparator power supply types.
Dual
Single

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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Description Price Comparator Type Mounting Type Package Type Power Supply Type Output Type Number of Channels per Chip Typical Response Time Pin Count Typical Single Supply Voltage Dimensions Length Width Height Typical CMRR
RS Stock No. 166-1847
Mfr. Part No.LM393M
$0.206
Each (In a Tube of 90)
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Differential Surface Mount SOIC Dual, Single Open Collector 2 1.4µs 8 2 → 36 V 5 x 4 x 1.5mm 5mm 4mm 1.5mm -
RS Stock No. 761-4463
Mfr. Part No.LM393M
$0.477
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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General Purpose Surface Mount SOP Dual, Single TTL 2 1.5µs 8 36 V 4.92 x 3.95 x 1.55mm 4.92mm 3.95mm 1.55mm -
RS Stock No. 528-343
Mfr. Part No.LM393DR
$0.245
Each (In a Pack of 25)
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General Purpose Surface Mount SOIC Dual, Single Open Collector 2 1.3µs 8 3 → 28 V 4.9 x 3.91 x 1.58mm 4.9mm 3.91mm 1.58mm -
RS Stock No. 100-0752
Mfr. Part No.LM393D
$0.193
Each (In a Tube of 75)
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General Purpose Surface Mount SOIC Dual, Single Open Collector 2 1.3µs 8 3 → 28 V 4.9 x 3.91 x 1.58mm 4.9mm 3.91mm 1.58mm -
RS Stock No. 179-1657
Mfr. Part No.LM211D
$1.132
Each (In a Tube of 75)
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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. 165-3394
Mfr. Part No.MCP6566RT-E/OT
BrandMicrochip
$0.577
Each (On a Reel of 3000)
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General Purpose Surface Mount SOT-23 Single Open Drain 1 - 5 1.8 → 5.5 V 3.1 x 1.8 x 1.3mm 3.1mm 1.8mm 1.3mm 65dB
RS Stock No. 527-530
Mfr. Part No.LM211DR
$0.419
Each (In a Pack of 25)
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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. 517-2352
Mfr. Part No.LM211D
$0.915
Each (In a Pack of 20)
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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. 738-7032
Mfr. Part No.MCP6566RT-E/OT
BrandMicrochip
$0.762
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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General Purpose Surface Mount SOT-23 Single Open Drain 1 - 5 1.8 to 5.5 V 3.1 x 1.8 x 1.3mm 3.1mm 1.8mm 1.3mm 65dB
RS Stock No. 858-411
Mfr. Part No.LM339D
$0.70
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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 -
RS Stock No. 533-8237
Mfr. Part No.LM339N/NOPB
$1.38
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General Purpose Through Hole MDIP Dual, Single Open Collector 4 1.3µs 14 3 → 28 V 19.05 x 6.35 x 3.3mm 19.05mm 6.35mm 3.3mm -
RS Stock No. 121-8704
Mfr. Part No.LM339N/NOPB
$1.068
Each (In a Tube of 25)
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General Purpose Through Hole MDIP Dual, Single Open Collector 4 1.3µs 14 3 to 28 V 19.05 x 6.35 x 3.3mm 19.05mm 6.35mm 3.3mm -
RS Stock No. 917-0760
Mfr. Part No.TS861ILT
$0.819
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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Dual CMOS, Rail to Rail Surface Mount SOT-23 Single Push-Pull 1 500ns 5 2.7 → 10 V 3 x 1.75 x 1.3mm 3mm 1.75mm 1.3mm 70dB
RS Stock No. 121-8421
Mfr. Part No.LM339N
$0.532
Each (In a Tube of 25)
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General Purpose Through Hole PDIP Dual, Single Open Collector 4 1.3µs 14 3 → 28 V 19.3 x 6.35 x 4.57mm 19.3mm 6.35mm 4.57mm -
RS Stock No. 527-198
Mfr. Part No.LM339N
$0.532
Each (In a Pack of 25)
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General Purpose Through Hole PDIP Dual, Single Open Collector 4 1.3µs 14 3 → 28 V 19.3 x 6.35 x 4.57mm 19.3mm 6.35mm 4.57mm -
RS Stock No. 168-8973
Mfr. Part No.TS861ILT
$0.419
Each (On a Reel of 3000)
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Dual CMOS, Rail to Rail Surface Mount SOT-23 Single Push-Pull 1 500ns 5 2.7 → 10 V 3 x 1.75 x 1.3mm 3mm 1.75mm 1.3mm 70dB
RS Stock No. 812-0449
Mfr. Part No.TPS3700DDCT
$2.333
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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Window Surface Mount TSOT-23 Single Open Drain 2 2.2µs 6 1.8 → 18 V 3.05 x 1.75 x 1mm 3.05mm 1.75mm 1mm -
RS Stock No. 121-9350
Mfr. Part No.TPS3700DDCT
$1.675
Each (On a Reel of 250)
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- Surface Mount TSOT-23 - - - - 6 - 3.05 x 1.75 x 1mm 3.05mm 1.75mm 1mm -
RS Stock No. 162-5637
Mfr. Part No.TLV3701CDBVT
$1.378
Each (On a Reel of 250)
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Low Power Surface Mount SOT-23 Dual, Single Push-Pull 1 240µs 5 3 → 15 V 2.9 x 1.6 x 1.15mm 2.9mm 1.6mm 1.15mm 88dB
RS Stock No. 912-2994
Mfr. Part No.MCP6561RT-E/OT
BrandMicrochip
$0.572
Each (On a Reel of 3000)
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General Purpose Surface Mount SOT-23 Single Push-Pull 1 0.02µs 5 1.8 → 5.5 V 3.1 x 1.8 x 1.3mm 3.1mm 1.8mm 1.3mm 65dB
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