Digital Potentiometers

Digital Potentiometers are three-terminal devices, two fixed end terminals and one wiper terminal which are used to vary resistance.

What is a Digital potentiometer?

A digital potentiometer also known as a digipot, is similar to a standard analogue potentiometer, which is a variable type resistor except the digital potentiometer has an IC (integrated circuit) that can take a signal input rather. Potentiometers physically change the resistance value whereas digital potentiometers modify the resistance value via digital inputs rather than a rotary wheel or a slider.

Where might I use one?

Digital potentiometers would be beneficial where environmental factors would impact a mechanical potentiometer in areas where there is vibration, dust, moisture or grease as digital potentiometers are encapsulated they offer better protection, they are also less vulnerable to vibration Digital potentiometers are used to calibrate system tolerances or control system parameters.

What are the advantages over a mechanical potentiometer?

Digital potentiometers can be operated in a closed control loop and don’t need physical access to be adjusted. . They offer better stability and reliability and as digital will offer additional functionality, some even have on - chip memory

Applications

  • System calibration
  • Process control
  • Sensor calibration
  • Smart actuator
  • Voltage margining
  • Programmable power supplies
  • Volume control

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Description Price Control Interface Resistance Value Number of Positions Taper Type Memory Type Number of Pots per Package Mounting Type Package Type Pin Count Power Supply Type Typical Single Supply Voltage Typical Dual Supply Voltage Dimensions Height
RS Stock No. 921-5368
Mfr. Part No.X9C103PZ
£4.61
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Serial-3 Wire 10kΩ 100 Linear Non-Volatile 1 Through Hole PDIP 8 Single 5 V - 9.56 x 6.35 x 3.3mm 3.3mm
RS Stock No. 170-8172
Mfr. Part No.X9C103PZ
£3.44
Each (In a Tube of 50)
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Serial-3 Wire 10kΩ 100 Linear Non-Volatile 1 Through Hole PDIP 8 Single 5 V - 9.56 x 6.35 x 3.3mm 3.3mm
RS Stock No. 159-7405
Mfr. Part No.MCP4151-103E/P
BrandMicrochip
£0.572
Each (In a Tube of 60)
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Serial-SPI 10kΩ 257 Linear Volatile 1 Through Hole PDIP 8 Single 1.8 to 5.5 V - 0.4 x 0.28 x 0.195in 4.95mm
RS Stock No. 723-9930
Mfr. Part No.MCP4151-103E/P
BrandMicrochip
£0.755
Each (In a Pack of 2)
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Serial-SPI 10kΩ 257 Linear Volatile 1 Through Hole PDIP 8 Single 1.8 to 5.5 V - 0.4 x 0.28 x 0.195in 4.95mm
RS Stock No. 628-3762
Mfr. Part No.MCP41010-I/SN
BrandMicrochip
£1.144
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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Serial-SPI 10kΩ 256 Linear - 1 Surface Mount SOIC 8 Single 3.3 V, 5 V - 4.9 x 3.9 x 1.25mm 1.25mm
RS Stock No. 889-5878
Mfr. Part No.MCP41010-I/SN
BrandMicrochip
£0.909
Each (In a Tube of 100)
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Serial-SPI 10kΩ 256 Linear - 1 Surface Mount SOIC 8 Single 3.3 V, 5 V - 4.9 x 3.9 x 1.25mm 1.25mm
RS Stock No. 165-3467
Mfr. Part No.MCP4161-103E/P
BrandMicrochip
£0.61
Each (In a Tube of 60)
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Serial-SPI 10kΩ 257 Linear Non-Volatile 1 Through Hole PDIP 8 Single 1.8 to 5.5 V - 0.4 x 0.28 x 0.195in 4.95mm
RS Stock No. 723-9968
Mfr. Part No.MCP4161-103E/P
BrandMicrochip
£0.805
Each (In a Pack of 2)
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Serial-SPI 10kΩ 257 Linear Non-Volatile 1 Through Hole PDIP 8 Single 1.8 to 5.5 V - 0.4 x 0.28 x 0.195in 4.95mm
RS Stock No. 538-4842
Mfr. Part No.AD5254BRUZ10
£4.77
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Serial-2 Wire, Serial-I2C 10kΩ 256 Linear Non-Volatile 4 Surface Mount TSSOP 20 Dual, Single 3 V, 5 V ±2.5V 6.5 x 4.4 x 1.05mm 1.05mm
RS Stock No. 412-703
Mfr. Part No.AD5290YRMZ10
£4.14
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Serial-3 Wire, Serial-SPI 10kΩ 256 - Volatile 1 Surface Mount MSOP 10 Dual, Single 15 V ±12 V, ±5 V, ±9 V 3 x 3 x 0.85mm 0.85mm
RS Stock No. 144-9093
Mfr. Part No.MCP41010-E/P
BrandMicrochip
£0.99
Each (In a Tube of 60)
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Serial-SPI 10kΩ 256 Linear - 1 Through Hole PDIP 8 Single 3.3 V, 5 V - 9.27 x 6.35 x 3.3mm 3.3mm
RS Stock No. 403-676
Mfr. Part No.MCP41010-E/P
BrandMicrochip
£1.298
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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Serial-SPI 10kΩ 256 Linear - 1 Through Hole PDIP 8 Single 3.3 V, 5 V - 9.27 x 6.35 x 3.3mm 3.3mm
RS Stock No. 412-692
Mfr. Part No.AD8400ARZ1
£2.494
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Serial-3 Wire, Serial-SPI 1kΩ 256 Linear Volatile 1 Surface Mount SOIC 8 Single 3 V, 5 V - 5 x 4 x 1.5mm 1.5mm
RS Stock No. 820-9016
Mfr. Part No.AD5174BRMZ-10
£2.925
Each (In a Pack of 2)
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Serial-SPI 10kΩ 1024 - Non-Volatile 1 Surface Mount MSOP 10 Dual, Single 2.7 to 5.5 V ±2.5 → ±2.75V 3.1 x 3.1 x 0.95mm 0.95mm
RS Stock No. 538-7346
Mfr. Part No.AD5231BRUZ10
£4.06
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Serial-SPI 10kΩ 1024 Linear, Log Non-Volatile 1 Surface Mount TSSOP 16 Dual, Single 3 V, 5 V ±2.5V 5 x 4.4 x 1.05mm 1.05mm
RS Stock No. 159-6634
Mfr. Part No.MCP4561-103E/MS
BrandMicrochip
£0.556
Each (In a Tube of 100)
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Serial-2 Wire, Serial-I2C 10kΩ 256 - Non-Volatile 1 Surface Mount MSOP 8 Single 2.5 V, 3.3 V, 5 V - 3 x 3 x 0.85mm 0.85mm
RS Stock No. 687-8449
Mfr. Part No.MCP4561-103E/MS
BrandMicrochip
£0.77
Each
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Serial-2 Wire, Serial-I2C 10kΩ 256 - Non-Volatile 1 Surface Mount MSOP 8 Single 2.5 V, 3.3 V, 5 V - 3 x 3 x 0.85mm 0.85mm
RS Stock No. 497-0751
Mfr. Part No.AD5235BRUZ250
£7.79
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Serial-2 Wire, Serial-I2C 250kΩ 1024 Linear, Log Non-Volatile 2 Surface Mount TSSOP 16 Dual, Single 3.3 V, 5 V ±2.5V 5 x 4.4 x 1.05mm 1.05mm
RS Stock No. 497-2678
Mfr. Part No.AD5241BRZ1M
£2.138
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Serial-2 Wire, Serial-I2C 1000kΩ 256 - Volatile 1 Surface Mount SOIC 14 Dual, Single 3 V, 5 V ±2.5V 8.75 x 4 x 1.5mm 1.5mm
RS Stock No. 921-5848
Mfr. Part No.X9C102PZ
£4.87
Each (In a Pack of 2)
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Serial-3 Wire 1kΩ 100 Linear Non-Volatile 1 Through Hole PDIP 8 Single 5 V - 9.56 x 6.35 x 3.3mm 3.3mm