Isolated 12-bit Voltage Output Phidget

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Quick Overview

Produce a voltage from -10 to +10 volts with this isolated voltage output module.
Isolated 12-bit Voltage Output Phidget

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When you need to generate a voltage between -10 and +10 volts, this board will do the job. With a resolution of 4.9mV (12-bit) and current as high as 5mA, it is designed to interface with devices that are controlled by an analog voltage signal. To use it, simply plug it into a VINT port and control the voltage with your program. It will also launch an event when the actual output voltage varies from the chosen voltage (for example, when the attached device is drawing too much current). This Phidget is factory calibrated to ensure output accuracy.

Selectable Voltage Range

Need higher resolution? The output on this Phidget also has a 0 to 5V terminal that can be used instead of the ±10 terminal, yielding a resolution of 1.2mV. Both terminals are controlled as the same object in software; they cannot be controlled separately.

Isolated for Stability

This board is electrically isolated from input to output, protecting your system fom instability caused by unintentional ground loops. If you need update speed more than isolation or voltage range, have a look at the VINT 12-bit Voltage Output 4V

Product Specifications

Board Properties
Controlled By VINT
Electrical Properties
Current Consumption Min 35 mA
Current Consumption Max 85 mA
Voltage Outputs
Number of Voltage Outputs 1
Current Sourcing varies*
Current Sinking varies*
Voltage Outputs (±10V Mode)
Voltage Output Max ± 10 V DC
Output Voltage Resolution (12-bit) 4.9 mV DC
Voltage Output Noise ± 500 μV DC
Voltage Outputs (5V Mode)
Voltage Output Max 5 V DC
Output Voltage Resolution (12-bit) 1.2 mV DC
Voltage Output Noise ± 20 μV DC
Physical Properties
Recommended Wire Size 16 - 26 AWG
Operating Temperature Min -40 °C
Operating Temperature Max 85 °C

* Current sourcing and sinking capability varies based on selected output voltage. Please visit the technical section of the User Guide for details.


Getting Started

Welcome to the OUT1001 user guide! In order to get started, make sure you have the following hardware on hand:

Next, you will need to connect the pieces:

OUT1001 Functional.jpeg
  1. Connect the OUT1001 to the VINT Hub using the Phidget cable.
  2. Connect the VINT Hub to your computer with a USB cable.

Now that you have everything together, let's start using the OUT1001!

Using the OUT1001

Phidget Control Panel

In order to demonstrate the functionality of the OUT1001, the Phidget Control Panel running on a Windows machine will be used.

The Phidget Control Panel is available for use on both macOS and Windows machines. If you would like to follow along, first take a look at the getting started guide for your operating system:

Linux users can follow the getting started with Linux guide and continue reading here for more information about the OUT1001.

First Look

After plugging the OUT1001 into your computer and opening the Phidget Control Panel, you will see something like this:

OUT1001 Panel.jpg

The Phidget Control Panel will list all connected Phidgets and associated objects, as well as the following information:

  • Serial number: allows you to differentiate between similar Phidgets.
  • Channel: allows you to differentiate between similar objects on a Phidget.
  • Version number: corresponds to the firmware version your Phidget is running. If your Phidget is listed in red, your firmware is out of date. Update the firmware by double-clicking the entry.

The Phidget Control Panel can also be used to test your device. Double-clicking on an object will open an example.

Voltage Output

Double-click on the Voltage Output object , labelled Isolated 12-bit Voltage Output Phidget, in order to run the example:

OUT1001 VoltageOutput Example.jpg

General information about the selected object will be displayed at the top of the window. You can also experiment with the following functionality:

  • Set the output voltage by dragging the Voltage slider.
  • Select the Voltage Output Range from the drop-down menu. You can choose between 0-5V output or ±10V output.

Technical Details

Control Application

OUT1001 Control Diagram.jpg

Some devices may require an analog voltage as a control input. The OUT1001 supplies a fixed voltage up to ±10V, which can be used to control such devices.

In addition, this device is isolated and can apply its voltage anywhere in an application circuit, independent of USB ground.

Transient Voltages

The OUT1001 may have an unpredictable output voltage for a very short time immediately after the device changes modes, or is turned on. If this is a problem in your application and you have no way to ignore it via software, we recommend using a solid state relay to switch the output on once it has stabilized.

Current Sourcing and Sinking

To ensure maximum voltage precision across the device's full range, the OUT1001 Phidget should be subjected to a minimal current draw, ideally less than 5mA in ±10V mode. 5V mode should only be used to set a voltage in high-impedance applications.

However, in the event you plan to power a small load with this device, it will either be sourcing or sinking current when in use. When it's connected to a circuit with a lower voltage potential than its own voltage setting, current will be flowing out from the OUT1001 into the circuit, so it will be sourcing current. When it's connected to a circuit with a higher voltage potential than the voltage it's set to, current will flow from the circuit into the OUT1001 for a current sinking situation.

Sourcesink diagram.jpg

The OUT1001 can source or sink up to 18mA of current depending on the selected output voltage and mode. The chart below shows the maximum available voltage for a given expected current draw.

Sourcesink1001 5v.jpg

Sourcesink1001 10v.jpg

For example, if the connected circuit is pulling 13mA of current, the OUT1001 will only be able to provide a maximum of 4V (in 0-5V mode), even if you try to set it to a higher value.

What to do Next

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Additional Information

SKU ES002305
Manufacturer Phidgets

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