Digital Potentiometers

What is a Digital potentiometer?
Digital Potentiometers are a three terminal device, two fixed end terminals and one wiper terminal which is used to vary the resistance.
A Digital potentiometer also known as digipot, is similar to a standard analogue potentiometer, which is a variable resistor except the digital potentiometer has an integrated chip (IC) that accepts a signal input rather than the physical movement of a shaft or slide for adjustment. Potentiometers physically change the resistance value whereas digital potentiometers modify the resistance value via digital inputs rather than a rotary wheel or a slider.
Where might I use one?
Digital potentiometers would be beneficial where environmental factors would impact a mechanical potentiometer in areas where there is vibration, dust, moisture or grease as digital potentiometers are encapsulated they offer better protection, they are also less vunerable to vibration Digital potentiometers are used to calibrate system tolerances or control system parameters.

What are the advantages over a mechanical potentiometer?
Digital potentiometers can be operated in a closed control loop and don’t need physical access to be adjusted. . They offer better stability and reliability and as digital will offer additional functionality, some even have on - chip memory
Applications
• System calibration
• Process control
• Sensor calibration
• Smart actuator
• Voltage margining
• Programmable power supplies
• Volume control

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Description Price Control Interface Resistance Value Number of Positions Taper Type Memory Type Number of Pots per Package Mounting Type Package Type Pin Count Power Supply Type Typical Single Supply Voltage Typical Dual Supply Voltage Dimensions Height
RS Stock No. 160-1643
Mfr. Part No.AD5272BRMZ-100
HK$24.601
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Serial-3 Wire, Serial-I2C 100kΩ 1024 - Non-Volatile 1 Surface Mount MSOP 10 Dual, Single 2.7 → 5.5 V ±2.5 → ±2.75V 3.1 x 3.1 x 0.95mm 0.95mm
RS Stock No. 806-5317
Mfr. Part No.AD5272BRMZ-100
HK$35.805
Each (In a Pack of 2)
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Serial-3 Wire, Serial-I2C 100kΩ 1024 - Non-Volatile 1 Surface Mount MSOP 10 Dual, Single 2.7 → 5.5 V ±2.5 → ±2.75V 3.1 x 3.1 x 0.95mm 0.95mm
RS Stock No. 160-4482
Mfr. Part No.AD5171BRJZ5-R2
HK$18.62
Each (On a Reel of 250)
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I2C, Serial-2 Wire 5kΩ 64 Linear Non-Volatile 1 Surface Mount SOT-23 8 Single 2.7 → 5.5 V - 2.9 x 1.6 x 1.3mm 1.3mm
RS Stock No. 806-5298
Mfr. Part No.AD5175BRMZ-10
HK$29.355
Each (In a Pack of 2)
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Serial-3 Wire, Serial-I2C 10kΩ 1024 - Non-Volatile 1 Surface Mount MSOP 10 Dual, Single 2.7 → 5.5 V ±2.5 → ±2.75V 3.1 x 3.1 x 0.95mm 0.95mm
RS Stock No. 819-7095
Mfr. Part No.AD5171BRJZ5-R2
HK$26.376
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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I2C, Serial-2 Wire 5kΩ 64 Linear Non-Volatile 1 Surface Mount SOT-23 8 Single 2.7 → 5.5 V - 2.9 x 1.6 x 1.3mm 1.3mm
RS Stock No. 160-1639
Mfr. Part No.AD5175BRMZ-10
HK$21.782
Each (In a Tube of 50)
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Serial-3 Wire, Serial-I2C 10kΩ 1024 - Non-Volatile 1 Surface Mount MSOP 10 Dual, Single 2.7 → 5.5 V ±2.5 → ±2.75V 3.1 x 3.1 x 0.95mm 0.95mm
RS Stock No. 160-1641
Mfr. Part No.AD5270BRMZ-100
HK$26.213
Each (In a Tube of 50)
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Serial-SPI 100kΩ 1024 - Non-Volatile 1 Surface Mount MSOP 10 Dual, Single 2.7 → 5.5 V ±2.5 → ±2.75V 3.1 x 3.1 x 0.95mm 0.95mm
RS Stock No. 160-1642
Mfr. Part No.AD5272BRMZ-20
HK$24.601
Each (In a Tube of 50)
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Serial-3 Wire, Serial-I2C 20kΩ 1024 - Non-Volatile 1 Surface Mount MSOP 10 Dual, Single 2.7 → 5.5 V ±2.5 → ±2.75V 3.1 x 3.1 x 0.95mm 0.95mm
RS Stock No. 161-0610
Mfr. Part No.AD5242BRUZ10
HK$18.521
Each (In a Tube of 96)
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Serial-2 Wire, Serial-I2C 10kΩ 256 - Volatile 2 Surface Mount TSSOP 16 Dual, Single 3 V, 5 V ±2.5V 5 x 4.4 x 1.05mm 1.05mm
RS Stock No. 796-8805
Mfr. Part No.AD5142ABRUZ10
HK$32.945
Each (In a Pack of 2)
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Serial-I2C 10kΩ 256 Linear Non-Volatile 2 Surface Mount TSSOP 16 Dual, Single 2.3 → 5.5 V ±2.25 → ±2.75V 5.1 x 4.5 x 1.05mm 1.05mm
RS Stock No. 759-0718
Mfr. Part No.AD5245BRJZ100-R2
HK$22.46
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Serial-3 Wire 100kΩ 256 Linear Volatile - Surface Mount SOT-23 8 Single 2.7 → 5.5 V - 2.9 x 1.6 x 1.3mm 1.3mm
RS Stock No. 497-2690
Mfr. Part No.AD5242BRUZ10
HK$25.83
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Serial-2 Wire, Serial-I2C 10kΩ 256 - Volatile 2 Surface Mount TSSOP 16 Dual, Single 3 V, 5 V ±2.5V 5 x 4.4 x 1.05mm 1.05mm
RS Stock No. 796-8821
Mfr. Part No.AD5144BRUZ100
HK$52.33
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Serial-SPI 100kΩ 256 Linear Non-Volatile 4 Surface Mount TSSOP 20 Dual, Single 2.3 → 5.5 V ±2.25 → ±2.75V 6.6 x 4.5 x 1.05mm 1.05mm
RS Stock No. 697-8031
Mfr. Part No.AD5248BRMZ50
HK$20.608
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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Serial-3 Wire, Serial-I2C 50kΩ 256 - Volatile 2 Surface Mount MSOP 10 Single 3 V, 5 V - 3 x 3 x 0.85mm 0.85mm
RS Stock No. 145-7593
Mfr. Part No.AD5248BRMZ10
HK$14.564
Each (In a Tube of 50)
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Serial-3 Wire 10kΩ 256 Linear Volatile - Surface Mount MSOP 10 Single 2.7 → 5.5 V - 3.1 x 3.1 x 1.1mm 1.1mm
RS Stock No. 759-0724
Mfr. Part No.AD5292BRUZ-20
HK$47.48
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Serial-SPI 20kΩ 1024 Linear Non-Volatile - Surface Mount TSSOP 14 Dual, Single 9 → 33 V ±9 → ±16.5V 5.1 x 4.5 x 1.2mm 1.2mm
RS Stock No. 538-7374
Mfr. Part No.AD5232BRUZ10
HK$46.69
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Serial-2 Wire, Serial-I2C 10kΩ 256 Linear, Log Non-Volatile 2 Surface Mount TSSOP 16 Dual, Single 3 V, 5 V ±2.5V 5 x 4.4 x 1.05mm 1.05mm
RS Stock No. 796-8809
Mfr. Part No.AD5142ABRUZ100
HK$32.945
Each (In a Pack of 2)
units
Serial-I2C 100kΩ 256 Linear Non-Volatile 2 Surface Mount TSSOP 16 Dual, Single 2.3 → 5.5 V ±2.25 → ±2.75V 5.1 x 4.5 x 1.05mm 1.05mm
RS Stock No. 158-0244
Mfr. Part No.AD5231BRUZ50
HK$28.701
Each (In a Tube of 96)
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Serial-2 Wire, Serial-I2C 50kΩ 1024 Linear, Log Non-Volatile 1 Surface Mount TSSOP 16 Dual, Single 3 V, 5 V ±2.5V 5 x 4.4 x 1.05mm 1.05mm
RS Stock No. 538-4757
Mfr. Part No.AD5252BRUZ100
HK$31.02
Each
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Serial-2 Wire, Serial-I2C 100kΩ 256 Linear Non-Volatile 2 Surface Mount TSSOP 14 Dual, Single 3 V, 5 V ±2.5V 5 x 4.4 x 1mm 1mm