'Diodes as temperature sensors'
Anyone have much experience using ordinary 4cent diodes as temperature
I understand there is some variation between units but, if the device is
calibrated at the time of use - just how reproducable is the voltage vs
temperature characteristics over time ?
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Mike <WANTREE.COM.AU> wrote: erazmus
>Anyone have much experience using ordinary 4cent diodes as temperature
I believe that Linear Technologies has an app note on this. If
memory serves, their circuit does not require calibration. They
drive the circuit with a square wave and measure delta Vbe which
has well defined temperature properties.
Bob Fehrenbach Wauwatosa, WI execpc.combfehrenb
At 03:35 PM 5/16/97 -0500, you wrote:
>Mike <WANTREE.COM.AU> wrote: erazmus
>>Anyone have much experience using ordinary 4cent diodes as temperature
> I believe that Linear Technologies has an app note on this. If
> memory serves, their circuit does not require calibration. They
> drive the circuit with a square wave and measure delta Vbe which
> has well defined temperature properties.
Analog Devices recommends use of diodes as temperature compensators for
certain micromachined strain guages (I think the new ADXL250??).
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> Anyone have much experience using ordinary 4cent diodes as temperature
> sensors ?
I don't think that diode is such a good idea for the temperature sensor.
I would use temperature dependent ceramic cap. It will be much more
reliable and easier to convert to some useful characteristic (frequency
I have been using PHILIPS ceramic caps for two years now exactly for this
purpose. Look in the catalogue and choose the curve you want. Ceramic cap
temperature/capacitance curve is not drifting over the time. (At least I
did not notice it)
I have used the intrinsic body diodes in MOSFETs to measure
the junction temperature during operation. The technique is very
similar to looking at the forward drop of your 4cent diodes. If you
are not looking for super accuracy, 2.2mv/C is the rule of thumb.
If memory serves, this number will get you within 10% every time -
you'll have to measure the initial drop at some given temp to start
with. My tests worked very well and were repeatable.
1. Run the FETs in circuit for the time desired.
2. Forward Bias the Body diode for 200us and read delta_V.
3. delta_V/.0022 = Temp rise
Be careful not to put too much current through to cause self
heating (or use a very short pulses). The trick here is to make quick
and accurate voltage measurements. Otherwise the technique works
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