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ST Releases New High-Voltage Bi-directional Current-Sense Amplifiers


These amplifiers offer bi-directional capability as well as being suitable for high-side and low-side connection


STMicroelectronics has announced three new precision high-voltage bi-directional current-sense amplifiers that provide the extra convenience of a Shutdown pin to maximize energy savings.

Click for Larger Image - ST Releases New High-Voltage Bi-directional Current-Sense Amplifiers The TSC2010, TSC2011, and TSC2012 amplifiers also allow designers to minimize power dissipation by leveraging their precision characteristics to select low sense-resistor values. The offset voltage is within ±200µV at 25°C, with less than 5µV/°C drift, and gain accuracy is within 0.3%, enabling the devices to detect a voltage drop as low as 10mV full-scale to provide consistent and trusted measurements.

The gain variety — 20V/V for the TSC2010, 60V/V for the TSC2011, and 100V/V for the TSC2012 — gives flexibility to build precision current measurement, overcurrent protection, current monitoring, and current-feedback circuits for many different industrial and automotive systems. Uses include data acquisition, motor control, solenoid control, instrumentation, test and measurement, and process control.

With their bi-directional capability, the three new amplifiers help designers trim their bill of materials by allowing a single sensing circuit to measure current flowing in forward and reverse directions. The devices are also suitable for high-side and low-side connection, enabling the same part number to be used in both configurations for easier inventory management.

All the new devices have a wide supply voltage range, from 2.7V to 5.5V, adding further to their flexibility. Their wide input-voltage tolerance allows sensing over a range of common-mode voltages from -20V to 70V at any supply voltage. With high gain-bandwidth product and fast slew rate — 820kHz and 7.5V/µs in the TSC2010 — they ensure high accuracy and fast response.

The devices feature an integrated EMI filter and 2kV HBM (Human Body Model) ESD tolerance, ensuring robust performance, and operate over the industrial temperature range -40°C to 125°C.

Features of the TSC2010, TSC2011 and TSC2012 Current Sense Amplifiers include:

  • Wide common mode voltage: - 20 to 70 V
  • Offset voltage: ±200 µV max
  • 2.7 to 5.5 V supply voltage
  • Different gain available
    • TSC2010: 20 V/V
    • TSC2011: 60 V/V
    • TSC2012: 100 V/V
  • Gain error: 0.3% max
  • Offset drift: 5 µV/°C max
  • Quiescent current: 20 µA in shutdown mode

More information on the TSC2012 Current Sense Amplifier is available on the ST Web site at STMicroelectronics TCS2012 product page.


The company's Web site address is www.st.com.
[Reprinted with kind permission from STMicroelectronics - Release Date, 24th February, 2021]