App note: Understanding the safety certification of digital isolators

This application note summarizes the international safety standards and certifications that apply to digital isolators. Link here Digital isolators provide signal isolation and the level shifting required for the correct operation of many circuits. Equally important, they insulate the user from electric shock. With basic human safety considerations so pertinent here, these isolators must undergo […]

App note: Safety considerations and layout recommendations for digital isolators

Application note from Silicon Labs about end user safety against high voltage shock that are designed together with digital isolators. Link here (PDF) This application note details the creepage and clearance requirements of an isolator type component, such as a digital isolator, used to provide protection from electric shock. It also details layout recommendations to […]

App note: Isolating USB with SPI

Old but still good technical note from Analog Devices on USB isolation. Link here (PDF) Currently, iCoupler® digital isolation technology is capable of transferring data at rates ranging from DC to about 150Mbps, which is adequate for transferring serial data to support low (1.5Mbps) and full (12Mbps) speed modes of USB. There are three places […]

Home produced 700VA isolation transformer

Dilshan Jayakody writes: This a quick post regarding homemade 300V – 2.3A isolation transformer. This transformer is a part of my ongoing 300V AC/DC variable power supply project and it’s boxed as a separate unit because of its heavy weight and size. All the parameters of this transformer are calculated using small Python script which […]