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. 121-8871
Mfr. Part No.LM393M/NOPB
SGD1.036
Each (In a Tube of 95)
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General Purpose Surface Mount SOIC Dual, Single Open Collector 2 1.3µs 8 3 to 28 V 4.9 x 3.9 x 1.45mm 4.9mm 3.9mm 1.45mm -
RS Stock No. 912-9863
Mfr. Part No.ADCMP601BKSZ-R2
SGD5.607
Each (On a Reel of 250)
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High Speed Surface Mount SC-70 Single CMOS, TTL 1 0.005µs 6 2.5 → 5.5 V 2.2 x 1.35 x 1mm 2.2mm 1.35mm 1mm 50dB
RS Stock No. 536-1388
Mfr. Part No.LM393M/NOPB
SGD1.52
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General Purpose Surface Mount SOIC Dual, Single Open Collector 2 1.3µs 8 3 → 28 V 4.9 x 3.9 x 1.45mm 4.9mm 3.9mm 1.45mm -
RS Stock No. 759-2727
Mfr. Part No.ADCMP601BKSZ-R2
SGD7.45
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High Speed Surface Mount SC-70 Single CMOS, TTL 1 0.005µs 6 2.5 → 5.5 V 2.2 x 1.35 x 1mm 2.2mm 1.35mm 1mm 50dB
RS Stock No. 709-7382
Mfr. Part No.AD96685BRZ
SGD12.92
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General Purpose Surface Mount SOIC Dual Complementary 1 - 16 - 10 x 4 x 1.5mm 10mm 4mm 1.5mm 90dB
RS Stock No. 649-497
Mfr. Part No.TLC3704CN
SGD2.24
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Low Power Through Hole PDIP Single Push-Pull 4 2.7µs 14 5 V 19.3 x 6.35 x 4.57mm 19.3mm 6.35mm 4.57mm 84dB
RS Stock No. 877-2740
Mfr. Part No.LM211DT
SGD0.533
Each (In a Pack of 20)
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General Purpose Surface Mount SOIC Dual, Single TTL 1 200ns 8 5 V 5 x 4 x 1.65mm 5mm 4mm 1.65mm -
RS Stock No. 145-5720
Mfr. Part No.TLC3704CN
SGD2.11
Each (In a Tube of 25)
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Low Power Through Hole PDIP Single Push-Pull 4 2.7µs 14 5 V 19.3 x 6.35 x 4.57mm 19.3mm 6.35mm 4.57mm 84dB
RS Stock No. 463-656
Mfr. Part No.LM2903DG
SGD0.558
Each (In a Pack of 25)
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General Purpose Surface Mount SOIC Dual, Single Open Collector 2 1.5µs 8 3 → 28 V 5 x 4 x 1.5mm 5mm 4mm 1.5mm -
RS Stock No. 178-5191
Mfr. Part No.LM211DT
SGD0.19
Each (On a Reel of 2500)
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General Purpose Surface Mount SOIC Dual, Single TTL 1 200ns 8 5 V 5 x 4 x 1.65mm 5mm 4mm 1.65mm -
RS Stock No. 163-2404
Mfr. Part No.LM2903DG
SGD0.464
Each (In a Tube of 98)
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General Purpose Surface Mount SOIC Dual, Single Open Collector 2 1.5µs 8 3 → 28 V 5 x 4 x 1.5mm 5mm 4mm 1.5mm -
RS Stock No. 671-0258
Mfr. Part No.KA2803B
SGD0.968
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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General Purpose Through Hole PDIP - - - - 8 - 10.15 x 6.35 x 3.3mm 10.15mm 6.35mm 3.3mm -
RS Stock No. 145-5313
Mfr. Part No.KA2803B
SGD0.776
Each (In a Tube of 50)
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General Purpose Through Hole PDIP - - - - 8 - 10.15 x 6.35 x 3.3mm 10.15mm 6.35mm 3.3mm -
RS Stock No. 170-2065
Mfr. Part No.LM211D
SGD0.15
Each (In a Tube of 75)
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General Purpose Surface Mount SOIC Dual, Single Open Collector 1 0.2µs 8 9 → 28 V 5 x 4 x 1.25mm 5mm 4mm 1.25mm -
RS Stock No. 661-2615
Mfr. Part No.LMV331IDBVR
SGD1.033
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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General Purpose Surface Mount SOT-23 Single Open Collector 1 - 5 3 V, 5 V 2.9 x 1.6 x 1.15mm 2.9mm 1.6mm 1.15mm -
RS Stock No. 528-343
Mfr. Part No.LM393DR
SGD0.534
Each (In a Pack of 25)
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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. 121-8704
Mfr. Part No.LM339N/NOPB
SGD1.911
Each (In a Tube of 25)
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General Purpose Through Hole MDIP Dual, Single Open Collector 4 1.3µs 14 3 to 28 V 19.05 x 6.35 x 3.3mm 19.05mm 6.35mm 3.3mm -
RS Stock No. 732-1193
Mfr. Part No.LM193JG
SGD20.98
Each
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Differential Through Hole CDIP Dual, Single Open Collector, Open Drain 2 1.3µs 8 2 → 36 V 10.16 x 7.11 x 4.57mm 10.16mm 7.11mm 4.57mm -
RS Stock No. 527-198
Mfr. Part No.LM339N
SGD0.576
Each (In a Pack of 25)
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General Purpose Through Hole PDIP Dual, Single Open Collector 4 1.3µs 14 3 → 28 V 19.3 x 6.35 x 4.57mm 19.3mm 6.35mm 4.57mm -
RS Stock No. 533-8237
Mfr. Part No.LM339N/NOPB
SGD2.13
Each
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General Purpose Through Hole MDIP Dual, Single Open Collector 4 1.3µs 14 3 → 28 V 19.05 x 6.35 x 3.3mm 19.05mm 6.35mm 3.3mm -