Signal Conditioner Boards



GAGE 3001 General Purpose Transducer Interface Board:

Introduction:
The GAGE 3001 is a miniature interface board, used for interfacing any bridge-type type transducer such as Strain Gage, Pressure Sensor and other bridge-type transducers, as well as voltage producing devices such as Piezo Sensors, Temperature Sensors, Photo Diodes and EEG/ECG inputs.

The GAGE 3001 provides a variable excitation, capable of deriving up to 80mA, at voltage range of 1V to 20V. The excitation voltage is symmetrical about ground level, so that the common mode voltage is approx. 0V. For example: an excitation voltage of 12V will be ±6V relative to ground.

The GAGE 3001 also contains an Instrumentation Amplifier, with a variable gain of 150-1500, and a variable offset control. The output of the Instrumentation Amplifier is fed to a double pole Low-Pass-Filter, then passed via a driver buffer to the output port. The cut-off frequency of the Low-Pass-Filter may be changed by replacing two capacitors, CX1 and CX2, with capacitors of other values. The following Table provides capacitors values for some often used cut-off frequencies:

Cut-Off Freq.

50Hz

100Hz

200Hz

500Hz

1kHz

2kHz

5kHz

10kHz

20kHz

Capacitor Value
CX1/CX2

330nF

150nF

80nF

33nF

15nF

8nF

3.3nF

1.5nF

1nF


The GAGE 3001 also has a bridge loading resistor Rx, connected in series with a variable trimpot (variable resistor) designated P2. The resistor is used for correcting the offset of a bridge, which has a high offset level that cannot becorrected by using the on-board offset control. This resistor has to be defined and connected by the user. Please note that this resistor may adversely affect the linearity of the bridge, therefore it is recommended to correct the high offset by fixing the transducer.

The excitation of the GAGE 3001 may be changed by using a trimpot designated P6, while the excitation level may be measured between the -EXC and +EXC test points. The gain is adjusted using P1.

The GAGE 3001 requires an external stabilized power supply of ±8V to ±15V. An optional battery power supply can also be supplied.

The GAGE 3001 is pin compatible with the Gage 3001 interface card in all inputs, outputs and power supply lines.

The GAGE 3001 has wider bandwidth, lower noise and lower drift than the GAGE 3001.

  1. Features:
  2. For use with any bridge-type transducers, pressure gages, strain gages, etc.
  3. High gain - 1500 standard, upto 10000 optional.
  4. Ultra high input impedance - 1 GW
  5. High frequency response - upto 50kHz.
  6. Built-in user-programmable Low Pass Filter
  7. Built-in excitation
  8. High common-mode rejection - 120dB min.
  9. Low noise, low offset and drift
  10. Low cost
  11. Applications:
  12. Weighing systems
  13. Interfacing of load cells to A/D cards
  14. Amplification of low-level sensors (Pressure Transducers, Light-sensing Devices, Thermistors, etc.)
  15. Medical applications: EEG, ECG, etc.
  1. Specifications:

Parameter

Value

Gain

100 - 1500 (adjustable by user) upto 10,000 - by request

Gain Non-Linearity

±0.006%

Gain Temp. Coef.

30ppm/C°

Input Offset Drift

1µV/C°

Output Offset Drift

100µV/C°

Input Offset Vs. Supply

85dB

Input Impedance

1G

Dift. Capacitance

5pF

CMRR (DC - 100Hz)

120dB

Bandwidth (Gain 100 - 1000)

50kHz min. (-3dB)

Setting time to 0.01%

30 µSec. (no filter installed)

Input Noise Voltage (@1 kHz)

10nV/

Output Noise

100nV/

Supply Voltage Range

±8V to ±15V

Excitation Level

±1V to ±10V

Excitation Current (max.)

80mA

Excitation Drift

5ppm/C° ±10 µV/C°

Excitation Noise (DC - 100kHz)

0.6mV max (@300R load)

Excitation Noise (DC - 1kHz)

0.2mV max (@300R load)

Operating Temperature

0 - 70C°

Bridge Resistance Range

50 - 20,000


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