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LJTick-DigitalOut5V Datasheet

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LabJack LJTick-DigitalOut5V 5V Digital Output Accessory Compatible with LabJack USB, Ethernet, WiFi DAQ Devices

The LJTick-DigitalOut5V (LJT-DO5V) converts a LabJack's 3.3V digital outputs to 5V digital outputs. This allows a LabJack device to control 5V relays or interface with 5V logic devices/sensors. Read more about controlling relays and connecting 5V signals in this app-note.

  • Output only
  • Source or sink 50mA or more
  • Up to 800kHz
  • Interfacing with 5V logic circuitry

Note: When the LabJack digital I/O is configured as an input, the DigitalOut5V accessory will output logic low.

Common Applications

  • Controlling relays that require 5V logic signals.

Figure 1: LJTick-DigitalOut5V

Figure 2: LJTick-DigitalOut5V with U3-LV

Screw Terminal Descriptions

VS: This is the same 5 volt output as the VS terminals on the LabJack itself. This is an output terminal, not an input. It can be used to provide 5 volt (nominal) power as needed.

GND: Same as LabJack ground (GND).

DOA/DOB: These lines are the converted 5V logic lines.


LJTick-DigitalOut5V Hardware Block Diagram

Figure 3: LJTick-DigitalOut5V Hardware Block Diagram


LJTick-DigitalOut5V Schematic

Figure 4: LJTick-DigitalOut5V Schematic

The AND gate has Schmitt trigger inputs (i.e. hysteresis), which help avoid rapid toggling if a noisy signal slowly changes state.

The AND gate is powered by 3.3 volts from a regulator.  An input of 0 to 1.0 volts will cause the output of the AND gate to be 0 volts.  An input of 2.3 to VS (nominally 5.0) volts will cause the output of the AND gate to be 3.3 volts.

The output amp is powered by VS & GND, and is set up with a gain of x1.5.  Thus the 3.3 volt high output of the AND gate will result in a 5.0 volt output from the amp, assuming a light load and assuming that VS is at least 5.0 volts.

If the DIO connected to the tick's input is set to output-high, the tick's output will be high.  It the DIO is set to output-low, the tick's output will be low.  If the DIO is set to input, the tick's output will be low (due to the pull-down resistors on the inputs).  This last fact can be useful when the DIO is configured to go to output-low at power up, as there is usually a brief time where the line will be input before the configuration takes effect.



Parameter Conditions Min Typical Max Units
Supply Voltage   3.5   5.25 Volts
Supply Current No loads   1.5   mA
Operating Temperature   -40   80 °C
Input Range Normal 0   VS Volts
  Max -0.5   VS+0.5 Volts
Input to cause Logic high   2.3     Volts
Input to cause Logic Low       1.0 Volts
Logic High Output VS = 5.0V   5.0   Volts
Logic Low Output     0   Volts
Logic High with Load VS = 5.0, 50 mA load   4.6   Volts
Output Drive Current (1) Sink or Source   50   mA
Rise Time Delay     70   ns
Fall Time Delay     90   ns
Rise Time     380   ns
Fall Time     460   ns
Max Frequency (2) (3)     760   kHz

(1) Short circuit current is 120 mA, but useable current varies with how close to rail you need to drive per Figure 13 of the AD8646 datasheet. Figure 13 applies to both rails and applies to sinking or sourcing.  For example, if driving high and sourcing 50 mA there will be a saturation voltage of about 400 mV so the output will be about 4.6V rather than 5.0V.
(2) This is the recommended maximum frequency of a square wave of 50% duty cycle if the required output signal needs to get to both 0V and 5V. Faster frequencies will result in the signal not reaching 0V.
(3) An output frequency of 1MHz with both voltage rails being met can be achieved by using a duty cycle of 45%. The output waveform will look like a triangle wave at this point with the specified rise and fall times.


For more specifications about the logic gates and Op Amp used in the LJTick-DigitalOut5V look at the following datasheets: