This is a Window Detector circuit. This circuit is used to detect over-voltage or under-voltage. This circuit uses the MAX933 and additional components like resistors. The over-voltage threshold of this circuit is 5.5V and the under-voltage threshold is 4.5V if we use the component values shown. We can choose different threshold by changing the values of R3, R2 and R1. Here is the circuit:
This circuit has hysteresis which is added by R4 and R5 to prevent chatter at the output when the supply voltage is close to a threshold. OUTB and OUTA each provides an active-low over-voltage indication and an active-low under-voltage indication. An active high can be provided by ANDing the two outputs.
The design procedure is as follows :
1.Select the needed hysteresis and compute values for R5 and R4
2.Choose values of R1. The R1 values up to about 100Mohm can be used.
3.Compute R3 + R2
R3 + R2 = R1 (Voth/(Vref+Vh) – 1)
R2= (R1 + R2 + R3) x (Vref-Vh)/Vuth – R1
R3 = (R2 + R3) – R2
6.Verify the resistor values using following equations
Voth = (Vref + Vh) x (R1+R2+R3)/R1 = 5.474
Vuth = (Vref – Vh) x (R1+R2+R3)/(R1+R2) = 4.484
Vh = Vref x R5/R4
With Voth is overvoltage threshold, Vuth is undervoltage threshold, and Vh is Hysteresis voltage. [Source: MAXIM Application Note]
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