Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Benefitting from the Development of Linear Potentiometers

Unless you’re an electronics junkie, you probably have not heard of potentiometers before.  But whether you have heard of them or not, you have most likely used it in an electronic appliance on a regular basis. Potentiometers, or “pots” as they are called for short, are three-terminal resistors that serve as voltage dividers allowing a controller to adjust the voltage level needed to operate an electrical device. It is used in many ordinary electronic appliances such as audio controls, dimmers, TVs , and medical equipment.

A linear potentiometer is one type of pot commonly found in many applications. Consisting of a contact slider and a one end ground terminal, a linear potentiometer creates a resistance proportional to the distance between the two points. As technology has improved so has the design of linear potentiometers making it more convenient and easy to use. They are now available in ultra-thin designs which make them more versatile. Many consumer products, medical devices and scientific tools make use of linear potentiometers. As less expensive linear potentiometers are developed, more products will include them, meanwhile the products currently using them will become less expensive.

While not many people realize the use and development of linear potentiometers, and other types of pots for that matter, all people can surely benefit from them. Thanks to this simple device, quality of life for everyone has improved.

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