What is a transducer?
A transducer is a device capable of transforming or converting a given manifestation of input energy to a different manifestation of output energy. The type of transducer already indicates which is the transformation that it carries out (for example, electromechanical transducer transforms an electrical signal into mechanical or vice versa). It is a device used mainly in industry, medicine, agriculture, robotics, aeronautics, etc., to obtain information from physical and chemical environments and to obtain electrical signals or impulses or vice versa. Transducers always consume a certain amount of energy so that the measured signal is weakened. The transducer is sometimes confused with a converter, which is usually a different type of device, responsible for voltage and frequency conversion. Nevertheless, the name "converter" is sometimes used in electronics to determine the change of signal from analog to digital, so there may be some problems and nomenclature misunderstandings in this field. If in doubt, please contact our technical team and we will make sure to clarify this topic for you.
A/D and D/A converters
An analog-to-digital converter (ADC or A/D transducer) is an electronic circuit whose function is to translate an analog quantity into a digital value (coded on several bits), proportional to the ratio between the input analog quantity and the maximum value of the signal. The converted signal is usually an electrical voltage. The conversion process can also be carried out in the other direction on the same principle (digital to analogue signal). Analogue-to-digital converters are particularly useful in automation and robotics when building measuring systems. Digital-to-Analogue converters, on the other hand, enable the setting of specific fixed voltages and the generation of alternating voltage waveforms of any shape imposed by the control program performed by the microcontroller. In our offer we have prepared many modules and integrated circuits, which will enable the conversion of signals in both directions. A/D and D/A converters are key elements for all electronic circuits, both with digital control and with analogue signals.
Voltage and digital interfaces converters
In our Botland store, we have also prepared universal voltage converters, which are used in electronic circuits. This is the case where integrated circuits and modules with different supply voltages work together. You can find a wide range of products, dedicated for both beginners and advanced users. Our offer includes both simple converters, equipped with 8 channels and advanced specialized logic level switches. The latter are dedicated for SMBus and I2C buses. We have also created a category of USB- UART / RS232 / RS485 converters, where we have selected the best devices and modules for communication between the computer and microcontroller. These are not all categories, so we kindly invite you to check the full offer of converters and tranducers. Your satisfaction is the most important thing for us, Botland employees, so if in doubt, contact us and seek advice on choosing the right converter. We will be more than happy to help you.