Thermocouples are very sensitive, requiring a good amplifier with a
cold-compensation reference. So far we've carried the very nice MAX31855
which is an SPI interface thermocouple amplifier. The '855 is great but
if you have a lot of thermocouples to measure it isn't terribly easy to
use. That's why we are also carrying the new '850 model from Maxim -
it's a "1-Wire" thermocouple amp which can have any number of breakouts
on a single shared I/O line.
The MAX31850K does everything for you, and can be easily interfaced
with any microcontroller that has 1-Wire support. This breakout board
has the chip itself, a 3.3V regulator with 10uF bypass capacitors all
assembled and tested. This board can be used with 'parasitic power' -
where the power is on the data line - or with 'local power' where the
power for the converter comes in on the Vin Pin.
Please note: this board does not have level shifting on the 3V Data line - we did this on purpose so that it can be used in parasitic mode. The data line must be level shifted to 3V - our 4-channel shifter works wonderfully for level shifting 1-Wire and you only need one at the '1-Wire host' for all thermocouples on the shared data line.
The MAX31850K data format is very similar to that of the well known 1-Wire DS18B20 temp sensor but it is not drop in compatible without code changes to check for the new '1 Wire family' type. We have adapted the classic Arduino OneWire and DallasTemp libraries to be MAX31850 compatible, so please click on those links to grab our libraries.
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Published on 2014-02-26 at 11.19.46 PM
Comes with a 2 pin terminal block (for connecting to the thermocouple),
4.7K data line pullup resistor, and pin header (to plug into any
breadboard or perfboard). Goes great with our 1m K-type thermocouple
. Not for use with any other kind of thermocouple, K type only!
- Works with any K type thermocouple
- Will not work with any other kind of thermocouple other than K type
- -270°C to +1370°C output in 0.25 degree increments
- Internal temperature reading
- 3.3 to 5v power supply. Data line is 3V only
- 1-Wire interface allows any number of thermocouple amps on a single data line