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isolated opamps?

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i am looking for an opamp with an isolated output. does such a chip exist?

i have designed a controller for a continuous wave industrial laser welder. all of my i/o is optically isolated from the laser's i/o. i have one weak link however... the laser output is driven 0-100% by an analog 0-10vdc signal. how can i generate a 0-10v signal with my micro that is isolated from my electronics? any help is appreciated... thanks.


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Nope. Two ways to do this:

-Use an variable isolated power supply (a very small one since you just need a voltage signal and not a current) that is being directly controlled by the MCU. Potentially simpler and more straightforward, but slower transient response than the next method.

-Power some regular DAC circuitry off of an isolated power supply. Feed control signals from the MCU to this DAC using digital isolators. Even something as simple as a PWM Lowpass RC Filter DAC will work.

It's easier to pass isolated digital signals than analog ones, so it's better to pass digital signals across the isolation barrier and then generate the analog signal on the isolated side, rather than to generate the analog signal and then pass it through the isolation barrier.
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As with everything `Burr Brown`: you can find better components, but you won't pay more for them. Ahhh....cha..cha..cha

We used to say the same thing about Allen Bradley PLC's


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Burr Brown is now part of TI. Are you saying TI builds poor components?


You could use an optocoupler with two photodiode or photo transistor outputs so you can use negative feedback to linearise it.

Here are some examples:
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