- Published in issue 12/1999 on page 0
Absolute-value meter with polarity detector
This circuit breaks an input voltage signal down into its components: (1) the absolute value and (2) the polarity or ‘sign’ (+ or –). It will handle direct input voltages as well as alternating voltages up to several kHz. With a supply voltage of ±9 V, the input level should remain below ±6 V.