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. 738-7026
Mfr. Part No.MCP6561RT-E/OT
BrandMicrochip
$0.762
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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General Purpose Surface Mount SOT-23 Single Push-Pull 1 0.02µs 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. 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. 661-2744
Mfr. Part No.TLV3701CDBVT
$2.11
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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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. 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. 709-2043
Mfr. Part No.LM211P
$0.616
Each (In a Pack of 20)
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General Purpose Through Hole PDIP Dual, Single Open Collector/Emitter 1 0.165µs 8 5 → 28 V 9.81 x 6.35 x 4.57mm 9.81mm 6.35mm 4.57mm -
RS Stock No. 179-2190
Mfr. Part No.LM211P
$0.688
Each (In a Tube of 50)
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General Purpose Through Hole PDIP Dual, Single Open Collector/Emitter 1 0.165µs 8 5 → 28 V 9.81 x 6.35 x 4.57mm 9.81mm 6.35mm 4.57mm -
RS Stock No. 795-8394
Mfr. Part No.LM2903PT
$0.151
Each (On a Tape of 50)
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Low Power Surface Mount TSSOP Dual, Single CMOS, DTL, ECL, MOS, TTL 2 1.3µs 8 2 → 36 V 4.5 x 3.1 x 1.05mm 4.5mm 3.1mm 1.05mm -
RS Stock No. 714-0754
Mfr. Part No.LM2903DT
$0.392
Each (In a Pack of 20)
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General Purpose Surface Mount SOIC Dual, Single CMOS, DL, ECL, MOS, TTL 2 1.3µs 8 2 → 36 V 5 x 4 x 1.25mm 5mm 4mm 1.25mm -
RS Stock No. 121-8870
Mfr. Part No.LM339M/NOPB
$0.988
Each (In a Tube of 55)
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General Purpose Surface Mount SOIC Dual, Single Open Collector 4 1.3µs 14 3 to 28 V 8.64 x 3.91 x 1.45mm 8.64mm 3.91mm 1.45mm -
RS Stock No. 536-1344
Mfr. Part No.LM339M/NOPB
$1.43
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General Purpose Surface Mount SOIC Dual, Single Open Collector 4 1.3µs 14 3 → 28 V 8.64 x 3.91 x 1.45mm 8.64mm 3.91mm 1.45mm -
RS Stock No. 145-7092
Mfr. Part No.LM139J
$19.235
Each (In a Tube of 25)
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Differential Through Hole CDIP Dual, Single Open Collector 4 1.3µs 14 3 → 28 V 19.56 x 6.92 x 4.57mm 19.56mm 6.92mm 4.57mm -
RS Stock No. 121-8305
Mfr. Part No.LM311P
$0.703
Each (In a Tube of 50)
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General Purpose Through Hole PDIP Dual, Single Open Collector/Emitter 1 0.165µs 8 5 → 28 V 9.81 x 6.35 x 4.57mm 9.81mm 6.35mm 4.57mm -
RS Stock No. 178-5160
Mfr. Part No.LM2903DT
$0.141
Each (On a Reel of 2500)
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General Purpose Surface Mount SOIC Dual, Single CMOS, DL, ECL, MOS, TTL 2 1.3µs 8 2 → 36 V 5 x 4 x 1.25mm 5mm 4mm 1.25mm -
RS Stock No. 436-8417
Mfr. Part No.LM139J
$21.67
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Differential Through Hole CDIP Dual, Single Open Collector 4 1.3µs 14 3 → 28 V 19.56 x 6.92 x 4.57mm 19.56mm 6.92mm 4.57mm -
RS Stock No. 178-7406
Mfr. Part No.LM2903PT
$0.17
Each (On a Reel of 4000)
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Low Power Surface Mount TSSOP Dual, Single CMOS, DTL, ECL, MOS, TTL 2 1.3µs 8 2 → 36 V 4.5 x 3.1 x 1.05mm 4.5mm 3.1mm 1.05mm -
RS Stock No. 102-5746
Mfr. Part No.LM2903M/NOPB
$0.629
Each (In a Tube of 95)
units
Differential Surface Mount SOIC Dual, Single Open Collector 2 1.5µs 8 3 → 28 V 4.9 x 3.9 x 1.45mm 4.9mm 3.9mm 1.45mm -
RS Stock No. 145-7305
Mfr. Part No.LM2901D
$0.171
Each (In a Tube of 50)
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Differential 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. 536-1085
Mfr. Part No.LM2903M/NOPB
$1.093
Each (In a Pack of 20)
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Differential Surface Mount SOIC Dual, Single Open Collector 2 1.5µs 8 3 → 28 V 4.9 x 3.9 x 1.45mm 4.9mm 3.9mm 1.45mm -
RS Stock No. 517-2368
Mfr. Part No.LM2901D
$0.50
Each (In a Pack of 20)
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Differential 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. 533-5749
Mfr. Part No.LM319N/NOPB
$3.00
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High Speed Through Hole MDIP Dual, Single Open Collector 2 0.08µs 14 9 → 28 V 19.05 x 6.35 x 3.3mm 19.05mm 6.35mm 3.3mm -
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