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Archive for June 12th, 2011

OPB815 Optical Switch: Always Measure Your Components

Given this ID printed on the side of an old OPB815 optical interrupter switch:

OPB815 Optical Interrupter Switch - detail

OPB815 Optical Interrupter Switch - detail

And this pinout diagram from a randomly chosen datasheet for that part number:

OPB815 Datasheet Pinout Diagram

OPB815 Datasheet Pinout Diagram

One might reasonably be led to believe that the white dot on the part marks the LED anode. That’s what I thought, too, but the innards are actually rotated 180° from the picture: the dot marks the transistor collector.

Took me a while to figure that out; I eventually tore one apart and used my pocket camera to look for the blue-white glare of the IR emitter.

After the dust settled, I rummaged around in the impacted shitpile holding my paper documents and found the original 1982 datasheet, with my very own scrawled notes:

Original OPB815 Datasheet Pinout Diagram

Original OPB815 Datasheet Pinout Diagram

Back in the day, the dot on pin 1 marked the transistor collector…

Memo to Self: No, scanning all that old paper wouldn’t help.

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