Comparators

What is a Comparator?

A Comparator is a circuit which accepts two voltages or currents and then switches the output showing which is bigger. Comparators are found in components like analogue to digital converters. Comparators are like operational amplifiers except a comparator is designed 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 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 analog to digital (ADC). Two supply voltage 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, Micro power, Nano power, Precision, Push/pull output, Quad differential, Rail to rail, Voltage, Window.

Mounting Types.
Surface mount
Through hole
Comparator power supply types.
Dual
Single

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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Description Price Comparator Type Mounting Type Package Type Power Supply Type Output Type Number of Channels per Chip Typical Response Time Pin Count Typical Single Supply Voltage Dimensions Length Width Height Typical CMRR
RS Stock No. 178-7406
Mfr. Part No.LM2903PT
TWD2.80
Each (On a Reel of 4000)
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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. 178-5160
Mfr. Part No.LM2903DT
TWD3.30
Each (On a Reel of 2500)
units
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. 714-0754
Mfr. Part No.LM2903DT
TWD8.30
Each (In a Pack of 20)
units
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. 795-8394
Mfr. Part No.LM2903PT
TWD11.20
Each (On a Tape of 50)
units
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. 178-5167
Mfr. Part No.LM393DT
TWD3.10
Each (On a Reel of 2500)
units
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. 714-0830
Mfr. Part No.LM393D
TWD5.70
Each (In a Pack of 20)
units
General Purpose Surface Mount SOIC Dual, Single Open Collector 2 1.3µs 8 3 → 28 V 4.9 x 3.9 x 1.25mm 4.9mm 3.9mm 1.25mm -
RS Stock No. 714-0833
Mfr. Part No.LM393DT
TWD8.30
Each (In a Pack of 20)
units
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. 168-7454
Mfr. Part No.TS3022IDT
TWD37.90
Each (On a Reel of 2500)
units
High Speed Surface Mount SOIC Single Push-Pull 2 0.009µs 8 1.8 → 5 V 5 x 4 x 1.25mm 5mm 4mm 1.25mm 67dB
RS Stock No. 760-9468
Mfr. Part No.TS3022IDT
TWD36.80
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
High Speed Surface Mount SOIC Single Push-Pull 2 0.009µs 8 1.8 → 5 V 5 x 4 x 1.25mm 5mm 4mm 1.25mm 67dB
RS Stock No. 829-4408
Mfr. Part No.LM2903WYPT
TWD4.50
Each (In a Pack of 15)
units
Low Power Surface Mount TSSOP Dual, Single CMOS, DTL, ECL, MOS, TTL 2 1.3µs 8 2 → 36 V 4.4 x 3 x 1.05mm 4.4mm 3mm 1.05mm -
RS Stock No. 168-8624
Mfr. Part No.LM2903WYPT
TWD4.40
Each (On a Reel of 4000)
units
Low Power Surface Mount TSSOP Dual, Single CMOS, DTL, ECL, MOS, TTL 2 1.3µs 8 2 → 36 V 4.4 x 3 x 1.05mm 4.4mm 3mm 1.05mm -
RS Stock No. 168-6423
Mfr. Part No.LM239DT
TWD3.20
Each (On a Reel of 2500)
units
General Purpose Surface Mount SOIC Dual, Single Open Collector 4 1.3µs 14 3 → 28 V 8.75 x 4 x 1.65mm 8.75mm 4mm 1.65mm -
RS Stock No. 686-7519
Mfr. Part No.LM239DT
TWD6.40
Each (In a Pack of 25)
units
General Purpose Surface Mount SOIC Dual, Single Open Collector 4 1.3µs 14 3 → 28 V 8.75 x 4 x 1.65mm 8.75mm 4mm 1.65mm -
RS Stock No. 795-6896
Mfr. Part No.LM239ADT
TWD7.40
Each (In a Pack of 10)
units
General Purpose Surface Mount SOIC Dual, Single CMOS, DTL, ECL, MOS, TTL 4 1.3µs 14 2 → 36 V 8.75 x 4 x 1.65mm 8.75mm 4mm 1.65mm -
RS Stock No. 168-7143
Mfr. Part No.LM239ADT
TWD4.00
Each (On a Reel of 2500)
units
General Purpose Surface Mount SOIC Dual, Single CMOS, DTL, ECL, MOS, TTL 4 1.3µs 14 2 → 36 V 8.75 x 4 x 1.65mm 8.75mm 4mm 1.65mm -
RS Stock No. 145-9203
Mfr. Part No.LM239D
TWD2.90
Each (In a Tube of 50)
units
General Purpose Surface Mount SOIC Dual, Single CMOS, DL, ECL, MOS, TTL 4 1.3µs 14 2 → 36 V 8.75 x 4 x 1.65mm 8.75mm 4mm 1.65mm -
RS Stock No. 165-5543
Mfr. Part No.TS391IYLT
TWD10.90
Each (On a Reel of 3000)
units
General Purpose Surface Mount SOT-23 Dual, Single CMOS, DTL, ECL, TTL 1 1.3 ns/μs, 300 ns/μs 5 ±2 → ±36 V 1.75 x 3 x 1.3mm 1.75mm 3mm 1.3mm -
RS Stock No. 880-5490
Mfr. Part No.TS391IYLT
TWD21.80
Each (In a Pack of 10)
units
General Purpose Surface Mount SOT-23 Dual, Single CMOS, DTL, ECL, TTL 1 1.3 ns/μs, 300 ns/μs 5 ±2 → ±36 V 1.75 x 3 x 1.3mm 1.75mm 3mm 1.3mm -
RS Stock No. 714-0714
Mfr. Part No.LM239D
TWD36.40
Each (In a Pack of 20)
units
General Purpose Surface Mount SOIC Dual, Single CMOS, DL, ECL, MOS, TTL 4 1.3µs 14 2 → 36 V 8.75 x 4 x 1.65mm 8.75mm 4mm 1.65mm -
RS Stock No. 714-7370
Mfr. Part No.TS3704IPT
TWD22.40
Each (In a Pack of 10)
units
General Purpose Surface Mount TSSOP Dual, Single Push-Pull 4 2µs 14 3 → 15 V 5 x 4.4 x 1mm 5mm 4.4mm 1mm 80dB