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programmable power supply concept

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i need help for this project, i searched in net i got one circuit diagram so i am using that circuit diagram please see the circuit diagram so i want to use 8051 microcontroller to do this project so i am clear about hardware but i can't understand the concept of adc process why using adc converstion in this project why i am asking means ,i circuit the digital pot used so i am giving the signal to that ic using the mc.but in circuit from output line take the line and feed to the controller that lines are adc please explain the concept of this project.


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Is it not so that you can set an output voltage, then use the A/D input to confirm the output has been set properly, and if not, do fine adjustment?
ok thanks
if i am going to do the adc process then that digital output where i am going to compare please explain the program flow of the total circuit where i am going to give the input ,and how to design the program,please

I suppose you would read the keyboard with an input routine, set the digital pot according to the keyboard entry, read the output voltage and display it on the lcd.
There are many ways to write the program.
ok sir
you said general concept but i need program flow i am going to write the program using Embedded c. so i need ,for example adc process means how to use the converted digital value where to feed that sorry i am asking very deep process questions.

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As well as please suggest any digital pot ic already i searched ad7376 but that is not available in dip package so any other ic?

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Thanks sir

so please explain the concept of this project
In my opinion, you should ask the authors respectively your project supervisor. Taking a brief look at the schematic, much more questions arise. E.g.
- intended voltage range and setpoint resolution (with the present dimensioning, the resolution seems to be unreasonable low)
- how possible damage of digital pot and current sense amplifier by overvoltage (output > 5V) is avoided?
- specified measurement resolution

ad7376 but that is not available in dip package
You can use adapter boards to solder SO package to DIL socket.

your question is right but digital pot accept up to 30v (mention in datasheet)and also op-amp upto18v see the datasheet.

but digital pot accept up to 30v (mention in datasheet)and also op-amp upto18v see the datasheet.
More exactly, they accept a respective supply voltage, but not a high input above the (5V) supply. Most likely, an input voltage above rails with pull up the 5V supply, possibly damaging other parts. I think, it's not my job to predict all possible effects, but the circuit seems to be far from fail safe behaviour guaranteed by design. Referring to the previously mentioned problem of digi pot resolution, a 1k potentiometer seems more apprpriate. But AD7376 isn't available with 1K, so I wonder what has been the original specification.

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