Current Sensing Amplifiers

Current sensing amplifiers measure current by outputting a voltage that is proportional to the flowing power current. A resistor is used to convert the load current to a small voltage which is then accurately amplified. They offer real-time overcurrent protection.


What are the different applications of current sensing amplifiers?


Accurate current sensing is crucial to optimising performance in a range of applications, such as motor control and power management. In devices where battery or power-line monitoring is highly necessary, like laptops and phones, current sensing amplifiers are critical. 


How to choose the right type of current sensing amplifier


There are several factors that will determine the the type of amplifier you choose, including whether the measurement will be on the high or low side. The sense resistor can be placed either between the supply voltage and load, or between the load and ground. The former is called high-side seinsing, whereas the latter is called low-side sensing. High voltage current sensing amplifiers offer input ranges up to +76V and down to -20V, ideal for applications such as motor control and network routers. Low power current sensing amplifiers help to maximise and extend battery life. 


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RS Stock No. 378-2755
Mfr. Part No.INA138NA/250
€2.21
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Single 12 V, 15 V, 18 V, 24 V, 28 V, 3 V, 5 V, 9 V - 100dB 1 - - Surface Mount SOT-23 5 2.9 x 1.6 x 1.15mm 1.15mm 2.9mm 36 V
RS Stock No. 100-3828
Mfr. Part No.INA138NA/250
€1.133
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Single 3 V, 5 V, 9 V, 12 V, 15 V, 18 V, 24 V, 28 V - 100dB 1 - - Surface Mount SOT-23 5 2.9 x 1.6 x 1.15mm 1.15mm 2.9mm 36 V
RS Stock No. 820-9797
Mfr. Part No.AD8418WBRZ
€2.296
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Single 5 V - 90dB 1 Bidirectional 130 μA Surface Mount SOIC 8 5 x 4 x 1.5mm 1.5mm 5mm 5.5 V
RS Stock No. 121-6917
Mfr. Part No.AD8418WBRZ
€1.757
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Single 5 V - 90dB 1 Bidirectional 130 μA Surface Mount SOIC 8 5 x 4 x 1.5mm 1.5mm 5mm 5.5 V
RS Stock No. 661-3352
Mfr. Part No.INA200AIDGKT
€2.346
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- - - - - - - Surface Mount MSOP 8 3 x 3 x 0.97mm 0.97mm 3mm -
RS Stock No. 825-3094
Mfr. Part No.INA200AIDGKR
€2.06
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Single 12 V - 80dB 1 Analogue 5 mA Surface Mount VSSOP 8 3.1 x 3.1 x 0.95mm 0.95mm 3.1mm 18 V
RS Stock No. 921-3006
Mfr. Part No.INA200AIDGKR
€0.975
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Single 12 V - 80dB 1 Analogue 5 mA Surface Mount VSSOP 8 3.1 x 3.1 x 0.95mm 0.95mm 3.1mm 18 V
RS Stock No. 732-8437
Mfr. Part No.MAX4372TEUK+T
€2.372
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Single 2.7 → 28 V - - 1 Differential 0.06 mA Surface Mount SOT-23 5 3 x 1.75 x 1.3mm 1.3mm 3mm 28 V
RS Stock No. 461-6586
Mfr. Part No.INA169NA/250
€2.18
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Single 12 V, 15 V, 18 V, 24 V, 28 V, 3 V, 5 V, 9 V - 100dB 1 - - Surface Mount SOT-23 5 2.9 x 1.6 x 1.15mm 1.15mm 2.9mm 60 V
RS Stock No. 922-8241
Mfr. Part No.ZXCT1087E5TA
€0.515
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Mfr. Part No.ZXCT1087E5TA
€1.296
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RS Stock No. 121-8923
Mfr. Part No.INA196AIDBVT
€1.531
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Single 3 V, 5 V, 9 V, 12 V, 15 V - 80dB 1 - - Surface Mount SOT-23 5 2.9 x 1.6 x 1.15mm 1.15mm 2.9mm 18 V
RS Stock No. 732-8425
Mfr. Part No.MAX4372FEUK+T
€1.648
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Single 2.7 → 28 V - - 1 Differential 0.06 mA Surface Mount SOT-23 5 3 x 1.75 x 1.3mm 1.3mm 3mm 28 V
RS Stock No. 165-5474
Mfr. Part No.IR2175PBF
BrandInfineon
€1.628
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Single 5 V - - 1 Open Drain 0.5 mA Through Hole PDIP 8 5 x 4 x 1.75mm 1.75mm 5mm 5 V
RS Stock No. 165-5536
Mfr. Part No.IR25750LTRPBF
BrandInfineon
€0.294
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Single -5 → 600 V - - 1 Single Ended - Surface Mount SOT-23 5 3 x 1.75 x 1.3mm 1.3mm 3mm 600 V
RS Stock No. 169-0204
Mfr. Part No.SI8920BC-IP
€3.11
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Single 3 → 5.5 V - - 2 Differential 5.5 mA Through Hole DIP 8 9.9 x 6.6 x 3.44mm 3.44mm 9.9mm 5.5 V
RS Stock No. 412-456
Mfr. Part No.AD8210YRZ
€4.04
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Single 5 V - 120 1 Bidirectional - Surface Mount SOIC 8 5 x 4 x 1.5mm 1.5mm 5mm 5.5 V
RS Stock No. 923-7917
Mfr. Part No.MAX4080SASA+
€1.412
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RS Stock No. 732-7888
Mfr. Part No.MAX4080SASA+
€1.75
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Single 4.5 → 76 V - 100dB 1 Rail to Rail 0.19 mA Surface Mount SOIC 8 5 x 4 x 1.5mm 1.5mm 5mm 76 V
RS Stock No. 160-9848
Mfr. Part No.AD8418AWBRMZ
€1.94
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Single 5 V - 90dB 1 Bidirectional 130 μA Surface Mount MSOP 8 3.2 x 3.2 x 0.95mm 0.95mm 3.2mm 5.5 V
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