What is open collector output?

In the output circuit that uses a transistor, the collector is an output terminal. The output usually consists of an external pull-up resistor, which raises the output voltage when the transistor is turned OFF. When the transistor connected to this resistor is turned ON, the output is forced to nearly 0 volts.


In the open collector output circuit, the power supply is required, but the voltage level can be set freely in the range.

Open collector output circuit


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