WPG Americas and Isocom: Optocouplers’ Advantage and Options

By WPG AmericasMay 24, 2016

An optocoupler is basically an interface between two circuits, which operate at different voltage levels. A combination of two isolated devices, a light emitting device, and a light sensitive device, the optocoupler wraps up these two operations in one single package. However, there is no electrical connection between the two, just a beam of light. The light emitting device is usually a LED, and the light sensitive device may be a photodiode, phototransistor, or a range of other devices such as thyristors, TRIACs etc.

Prime Advantages of Optocoupler

The key advantage of an optocoupler is the electrical isolation between the input and output circuits. Isolation like this is typically useful where the potentials of two circuits may differ by several thousand volts. Additionally, an optocoupler is a cost and space efficient solution that can function in challenging environments, requiring high voltage isolation.

Which Optocoupler to Choose?

With a vast line up of varieties, it may seem a little daunting at first. But by considering the specific application, choosing the right optocoupler can be relatively easy.

The commonly used optocouplers are Transistor, AC Input, Half-Pitch, High speed, and the IGBT / MOSFET Gate drive. The industry accepted module for these types of optocouplers are the ones manufactured by Isocom Components. It is mainly because of their long life and trusted quality. Moreover, the company has been conducting R&D and specializing in optocouplers for the last 25 years. It is also a leading supplier of ROHS compliant opto-electronic devices, with the shortest manufacturing lead time.

Environment and Optocouplers

Rising concerns about environmental hazards has pushed the demand for optocouplers that comply with specified environmental standards. With an impressive range of lead free components, Isocom conforms to all environmental criteria, as laid out by the regulatory authorities.

Isocom Components

supplies all popular commercial optocoupler industry standard types including many no longer supplied by other manufacturers. In addition, they can produce special parametric selections to meet customer's specific circuit design requirements.

For more information on industry-leading optocouplers from Isocom, please contact WPGA at 888.WPG.8881 or find us on the web: www.wpgamericas.com.