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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Description Price Power Supply Type Typical Single Supply Voltage Typical Dual Supply Voltage Minimum CMRR Number of Channels per Chip Output Type Maximum Supply Current Mounting Type Package Type Pin Count Dimensions Height Length Maximum Operating Supply Voltage
RS Stock No. 122-3297
Mfr. Part No.ZXCT1020E5TA
$0.958
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Single 2.5 → 20 V - - 1 Low Offset Current 35 μA Surface Mount SOT-23 5 3.1 x 1.8 x 1.3mm 1.3mm 3.1mm 20 V
RS Stock No. 824-5475
Mfr. Part No.ZXCT1020E5TA
$1.733
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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Single 2.5 → 20 V - - 1 Low Offset Current 35 μA Surface Mount SOT-23 5 3.1 x 1.8 x 1.3mm 1.3mm 3.1mm 20 V
RS Stock No. 879-3375
Mfr. Part No.IR25750LTRPBF
BrandInfineon
$0.867
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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. 165-5536
Mfr. Part No.IR25750LTRPBF
BrandInfineon
$0.511
Each (On a Reel of 3000)
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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. 545-7631
Mfr. Part No.INA195AIDBVT
$4.702
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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. 121-8922
Mfr. Part No.INA195AIDBVT
$2.93
Each (On a Reel of 250)
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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. 851-6828
Mfr. Part No.LT6108IMS8-2#PBF
$6.322
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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Single 2.7 → 60 V - 125dB 1 Open Drain 450 μA Surface Mount MSOP 8 3 x 3 x 0.86mm 0.86mm 3mm 60 V
RS Stock No. 761-9626
Mfr. Part No.LTC6101HVACS5#TRMPBF
$7.42
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Single 5 → 100 V 5 → 100V - 1 Unidirectional 0.64 mA Surface Mount TSOT-23 5 2.9 x 1.75 x 0.9mm 0.9mm 2.9mm 100 V
RS Stock No. 923-3713
Mfr. Part No.INA193AIDBVT
$2.84
Each (On a Reel of 250)
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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. 100-3849
Mfr. Part No.INA139NA/250
$2.17
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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 40 V
RS Stock No. 920-6317
Mfr. Part No.TSC101AILT
$0.847
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Single 5 V, 9 V, 12 V, 15 V, 18 V - 90dB 1 - 0.3 mA Surface Mount SOT-23 5 3 x 1.75 x 1.3mm 1.3mm 3mm 24 V
RS Stock No. 920-9846
Mfr. Part No.NCS199A3SQT2G
$1.239
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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Single 2.7 → 26 V - 100dB 1 Rail to Rail 5 mA Surface Mount SC-70 6 2.2 x 1.35 x 1mm 1mm 2.2mm 26 V
RS Stock No. 860-7505
Mfr. Part No.CS30AL
$1.98
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Single 2.8 → 30 V - - 2 Single Ended - Surface Mount SOT-23 5 3 x 1.75 x 1.3mm 1.3mm 3mm -
RS Stock No. 168-8815
Mfr. Part No.CS30AL
$0.847
Each (On a Reel of 3000)
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Single 2.8 → 30 V - - 2 Single Ended - Surface Mount SOT-23 5 3 x 1.75 x 1.3mm 1.3mm 3mm -
RS Stock No. 825-3088
Mfr. Part No.INA219AIDCNR
$4.48
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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Single 6 V - 100dB 1 Digital 5 mA Surface Mount SOT-23 8 3 x 1.75 x 1.3mm 1.3mm 3mm 5.5 V
RS Stock No. 461-6558
Mfr. Part No.INA139NA/250
$2.22
Each
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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 40 V
RS Stock No. 919-9569
Mfr. Part No.LTC6101HVACS5#TRMPBF
$4.32
Each (On a Reel of 500)
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Single 5 → 100 V 5 → 100V - 1 Unidirectional 0.64 mA Surface Mount TSOT-23 5 2.9 x 1.75 x 0.9mm 0.9mm 2.9mm 100 V
RS Stock No. 162-8573
Mfr. Part No.INA219AIDCNR
$1.892
Each (On a Reel of 3000)
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Single 6 V - 100dB 1 Digital 5 mA Surface Mount SOT-23 8 3 x 1.75 x 1.3mm 1.3mm 3mm 5.5 V
RS Stock No. 426-190
Mfr. Part No.TSC101AILT
$2.05
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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Single 5 V, 9 V, 12 V, 15 V, 18 V - 90dB 1 - 0.3 mA Surface Mount SOT-23 5 3 x 1.75 x 1.3mm 1.3mm 3mm 24 V
RS Stock No. 121-8921
Mfr. Part No.INA194AIDBVT
$2.93
Each (On a Reel of 250)
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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