Comparators

A Comparator is a circuit that accepts two voltages or currents and then switches the output showing which of the two is bigger. Comparators are found in components such as analogue to digital converters (ADCs). Comparators are like operational amplifiers except a comparator is designed specifically to operate with positive feedback and output saturated at one power rail or the other.

How a Comparator works

A comparator samples two input pins and turns on the output when identifying either a difference or similarity. An example is when you have a minus voltage on the inverting Pin and a plus non-inverting. When the voltage on the non-inverting equals the inverting voltage the Pin turns on. Normally the output Pin is open and switches to ground when the comparator is activated.

Why use a Comparator?

The primary use of a comparator is converting analogue to digital (ADC). Two supply voltages are applied and the difference determines a high or low digital signal.

Types of Comparator

  • Current sense
  • Differential / Dual differential
  • Dual / Dual CMOS
  • Dual voltage / General voltage
  • General-purpose
  • Ground sense
  • High speed / high-speed CMOS
  • Low current CMOS
  • Low power / low voltage / low-power CMOS
  • Micropower
  • Nano power
  • Precision
  • Push/pull output
  • Quad differential
  • Rail to rail
  • Voltage
  • Window

Mounting Types

Comparators can be found in both surface mount and through-hole mounting configurations to enable use in a wide variety of applications.

Comparator power supply types

Available in both single and dual power supply configurations, a comparator can easily be implemented into a robust solution.

Various package types, pins, sizes, channels per chip, PSRR (power supply rejection ratio), CMRR (common-mode rejection ratio) are all available.


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RS Stock No. 178-5160
Mfr. Part No.LM2903DT
TWD5.00
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General Purpose Surface Mount SOIC Dual, Single CMOS, DL, ECL, MOS, TTL 2 1.3µs 8 2 → 36 V 5 x 4 x 1.25mm 5mm 4mm 1.25mm -
RS Stock No. 178-7406
Mfr. Part No.LM2903PT
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Low Power Surface Mount TSSOP Dual, Single CMOS, DTL, ECL, MOS, TTL 2 1.3µs 8 2 → 36 V 4.5 x 3.1 x 1.05mm 4.5mm 3.1mm 1.05mm -
RS Stock No. 795-8394
Mfr. Part No.LM2903PT
TWD12.10
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Low Power Surface Mount TSSOP Dual, Single CMOS, DTL, ECL, MOS, TTL 2 1.3µs 8 2 → 36 V 4.5 x 3.1 x 1.05mm 4.5mm 3.1mm 1.05mm -
RS Stock No. 714-0754
Mfr. Part No.LM2903DT
TWD19.70
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General Purpose Surface Mount SOIC Dual, Single CMOS, DL, ECL, MOS, TTL 2 1.3µs 8 2 → 36 V 5 x 4 x 1.25mm 5mm 4mm 1.25mm -
RS Stock No. 428-458
Mfr. Part No.LM311P
TWD38.00
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General Purpose Through Hole PDIP Dual, Single Open Collector/Emitter 1 0.165µs 8 5 → 28 V 9.81 x 6.35 x 4.57mm 9.81mm 6.35mm 4.57mm -
RS Stock No. 121-8305
Mfr. Part No.LM311P
TWD13.10
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General Purpose Through Hole PDIP Dual, Single Open Collector/Emitter 1 0.165µs 8 5 → 28 V 9.81 x 6.35 x 4.57mm 9.81mm 6.35mm 4.57mm -
RS Stock No. 528-343
Mfr. Part No.LM393DR
TWD11.60
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General Purpose Surface Mount SOIC Dual, Single Open Collector 2 1.3µs 8 3 → 28 V 4.9 x 3.91 x 1.58mm 4.9mm 3.91mm 1.58mm -
RS Stock No. 100-0752
Mfr. Part No.LM393D
TWD12.90
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General Purpose Surface Mount SOIC Dual, Single Open Collector 2 1.3µs 8 3 → 28 V 4.9 x 3.91 x 1.58mm 4.9mm 3.91mm 1.58mm -
RS Stock No. 858-433
Mfr. Part No.LM393D
TWD17.00
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General Purpose Surface Mount SOIC Dual, Single Open Collector 2 1.3µs 8 3 → 28 V 4.9 x 3.91 x 1.58mm 4.9mm 3.91mm 1.58mm -
RS Stock No. 779-8928
Mfr. Part No.LT1011ACN8#PBF
TWD228.00
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General Purpose Through Hole PDIP Dual CMOS, Open Collector, TTL 1 150ns 8 - 10.16 x 6.477 x 3.302mm 10.16mm 6.477mm 3.302mm 115dB
RS Stock No. 517-1882
Mfr. Part No.LM339AD
TWD14.10
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General Purpose Surface Mount SOIC Dual, Single Open Collector 4 1.3µs 14 3 → 28 V 8.65 x 3.91 x 1.58mm 8.65mm 3.91mm 1.58mm -
RS Stock No. 460-566
Mfr. Part No.LM339AM/NOPB
TWD40.80
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General Purpose Surface Mount SOIC Dual, Single Open Collector 4 1.3µs 14 3 → 28 V 8.64 x 3.91 x 1.45mm 8.64mm 3.91mm 1.45mm -
RS Stock No. 144-9913
Mfr. Part No.LM339AD
TWD12.60
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General Purpose Surface Mount SOIC Dual, Single Open Collector 4 1.3µs 14 3 → 28 V 8.65 x 3.91 x 1.58mm 8.65mm 3.91mm 1.58mm -
RS Stock No. 787-8611
Mfr. Part No.LM2903VDG
TWD14.10
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General Purpose Surface Mount SOIC Dual, Single CMOS, DTL, ECL, MOS, TTL 2 1.5µs 8 2 → 36 V dc 5 x 4 x 1.5mm 5mm 4mm 1.5mm -
RS Stock No. 866-0231
Mfr. Part No.LM393P
TWD12.60
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General Purpose Through Hole PDIP Dual, Single CMOS, MOS, Open Collector, TTL 2 1.3µs 8 2 → 36 V 10.16 x 6.6 x 4.57mm 10.16mm 6.6mm 4.57mm -
RS Stock No. 922-2350
Mfr. Part No.LM111JG
TWD704.30
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General Purpose Through Hole CDIP Single Open Collector, Open Drain 1 115 ns, 165 ns 8 5 V 10.16 x 7.11 x 5.08mm 10.16mm 7.11mm 5.08mm -
RS Stock No. 536-1344
Mfr. Part No.LM339M/NOPB
TWD52.00
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General Purpose Surface Mount SOIC Dual, Single Open Collector 4 1.3µs 14 3 → 28 V 8.64 x 3.91 x 1.45mm 8.64mm 3.91mm 1.45mm -
RS Stock No. 714-0833
Mfr. Part No.LM393DT
TWD17.50
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General Purpose Surface Mount SOIC Dual, Single Open Collector 2 1.3µs 8 3 V, 5 V, 9 V, 12 V, 15 V, 18 V, 24 V, 28 V 4.9 x 3.9 x 1.25mm 4.9mm 3.9mm 1.25mm -
RS Stock No. 810-239
Mfr. Part No.LM393P
TWD14.00
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General Purpose Through Hole PDIP Dual, Single Open Collector 2 1.3µs 8 3 → 28 V 9.81 x 6.35 x 4.57mm 9.81mm 6.35mm 4.57mm -
RS Stock No. 858-411
Mfr. Part No.LM339D
TWD17.00
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General Purpose Surface Mount SOIC Dual, Single Open Collector 4 1.3µs 14 3 → 28 V 8.65 x 3.91 x 1.58mm 8.65mm 3.91mm 1.58mm -