New Industry Products

Optocouplers Offer 800V Off-State Voltage, Deliver High Robustness and Noise Isolation

November 15, 2018 by Paul Shepard

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. has broadened its optoelectronics portfolio with the release of two new optocouplers with a phototriac output in the compact flat SOP-4 package. Featuring high off-state voltage of 800V and dV/dt of 1000V/μs, the Vishay Semiconductors VOT8024AM and VOT8121AM deliver high robustness and noise isolation for home appliances and industrial equipment.

Typical applications for the RoHS-compliant optocouplers include power TRIAC drivers in solid-state relays, three-phase air conditioners, boilers, thermostats, industrial motor control and power line switching, and motor, lamp, and valve control in household appliances.

The optocouplers announced today isolate low voltage logic from 120Vac, 240Vac, and 380Vac lines to control resistive, inductive, or capacitive loads, including motors, solenoids, high current thyristors, or TRIACs and relays. Reducing design costs and saving board space, the devices consist of a GaAs infrared LED optically coupled to either a zero-crossing TRIAC (VOT8024AM) for EMI reduction without the need for external snubber networks, or a random-phase TRIAC (VOT8121AM) to enable phase-independent switching.

The high off-state voltage of the VOT8024AM and VOT8121AM enhances safety margins in one-phase applications while still maintaining enough voltage headroom for three-phase applications. For additional safety, the optocouplers offer a withstanding isolation voltage of 3750VRMS. Low trigger currents of 5mA for the VOT8024AM and 10mA for the VOT8121AM facilitate an easy interface with digital logic

Samples and production quantities of the VOT8024AM and VOT8121AM are available now, with lead times of six to eight weeks. Pricing for U.S. delivery only is $1.50 per piece.