Ton Giesberts
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Optical S/PDIF Output

Optical S/PDIF Output
This little circuit is intended to be used to provide external access to an unused digital output of a CD or DVD drive in a PC. It provides an electrically isolated interface. In addition, this circuit is also handy for connecting a (portable) MD recorder, since these devices usually only have optical digital inputs.The circuit is a standard application for the Toshiba Toslink transmitter module. On account of the large amount of interference present in the PC environment, extra decoupling for the transmitter module is provided by L1, C1 and C2.
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Gerber file

CAM/CAD data for the PCB referred to in this article is available as a Gerber file. Elektor GREEN and GOLD members can exclusively download these files for free as part of their membership. Gerber files allow a PCB to be produced on an appropriate device available locally, or through an online PCB manufacturing service.

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Component list
R1 = 8k?2
C1 = 100nF ceramic
C2 = 10µF 63V radial
L1 = 47µH
IC1 = TOTX173 (Toshiba) (Eurodis)
K1 = 4-pin SIL-header
K2 = 2-pin SIL-header
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