[time-nuts] Diodes as temperature sensors

ALAN MELIA alan.melia at btinternet.com
Mon Jul 21 06:51:27 EDT 2014

Simple temperature sensors use the static diode characteristic, but a more accurate method is to use the slope of the characteristic, this is independent of individual diode parameters, though requires a little it more electronics to display. There are many papers on this back in the 1960/70s.


 From: Hal Murray <hmurray at megapathdsl.net>
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Subject: Re: [time-nuts] Diodes as temperature sensors

alw.k9si at gmail.com said:
> Apparently, the forward biased silicon diode was temperature sensitive
> enough that a small D.C. amplifier could drive a meter to read-out with
> reasonable accuracy. Well, maybe not accurate by Time-nut standards but
> close enough for its intended purpose. 

I think that mechanism is widely used for silicon temperature sensors.  There 
is one (or more) on most modern CPU chips as well as special temperature 
measuring chips such as the Maxim/Dallas DS18B20 and DS18S20.

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