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Old 11th August 2004, 09:41 PM   #11
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For bar mode only, I'd think a raft of quad opamps (LM324) or comparators (LM339) would work out far cheaper than using several LM3914 chips.

You could run the chips off say 18V and chop say a regulated 15V up with a resistor chain to use as the references for each level. A pot on the supply gives you the comparison voltage.
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Old 12th August 2004, 05:09 AM   #12
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Default sequential LED in DOT mode

If you are not interested in voltage and only interested in DOT mode, then you should use 4017s in a tricky way.

This was the need in one timer and I wanted to indicate the step number by a glowing LED. The oscillator was made programmable using ICM7217. This is something like a programmable mechanical street light timer.

The trick...

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LED 9(at pin 11) is not connected in all 4017s

The pin 11 is utilised to disable the present chip though an EX-OR gate and enables the next through another EX-OR. One input of the first EX-OR ic is tied high(can be looped also).The EX-OR output goes to clock inhibit (pin 13).

tie all resets together and all clock pins together. Get your clock and reset with large fan-out

Pin 11 will go to one i/p of self EX-OR and one i/p of next EX-OR

You want them to come back and forth, then place the LEDs wherever you want.

LED No.1-No.50-2-49-3-48-4-...

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Old 12th August 2004, 07:15 AM   #13
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Hi gmphadte, i see you've found the other thread.
To Moderators: I didn't mean to start two threads on the same subject- my appologies.
cpemma, that's another great idea. Would a LM324 or something similar be ok with outputting dc? Would it be stable driving a load such as an led? I've never used one for anything other than audio. The 3914's are under $2 each and they include everything I'd need to have a working display, but the op amp idea is interesting- might be easier to configure for custom trigger levels. Hmmm.
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You have to use LM339, a quad comparator with open collector. Typical output sink current is 16 mA.

Connecting a currenr source instead of resistors for LEDs will save lot of wiring trouble. Connect a ladder made from LEDs to the outputs, below the cc source. Being open collector the output transistor that conducts will prevent others from lighting.

Vcc--16 mA CC source--LED1 A - LED1 K--*--LED2 A - LED2 K--*--LED.....

Use higher Vcc to make a longer chain

K-cathode
A-anode
* Comparator o/p goes here
Ground is not connected

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Old 12th August 2004, 04:03 PM   #15
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Would a LM324 or something similar be ok with outputting dc?
It can be connected as a comparator, no feedback resistor, just the reference voltage to one input, voltage signal to the other. Output swings from 0V to (Vs-1.5) on a single rail supply, IIRC will source 20mA OK. See the datasheet to check.
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Gotcha. That's a pretty cool idea. I'm gonna breadboard a few of these and see how they do. Thanks!
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