SPI Isolation Board

The isolated SPI module is designed for applications, where SPI signals need to be transferred over longer distances than usually. It is based on Linear’s LTC6820. The board is designed as two layer stack-up, with GND plane on the bottom layer and signal traces and components at the top layer. Signals and power are supplied over standard 100mil (2.54mm) pitch IDC header.

SPI Isolation Board


  • Dimension: 40.005 mm x 30.099 mm (1.575″ x 1.185″)
  • 1 Mbps Isolated SPI Data Communication at 10m
  • 500 kbps Isolated SPI Data Communication at 100m
  • Galvanic Isolation Barrier using standard transformer (1500V)
  • Requires no software changes in most SPI systems
  • 3.5V to 15V power supply
  • SPI mode can be adjust via on-board jumpers
  • can act as Master or Slave (adjustable via jumper)
  • screw terminal for twisted pair cable (i.e. as in CAT5 Ethernet cable)

For more details and description , please read the data sheet of the LTC 6820. Below is an possible application scenario of the module.

Jumper Settings & Pin header

Pin Header P1

P1 is the pin header for the SPI signals and power supply. It has an standard pitch of 100 mils (2.45 mm).

You can supply about 3.5V to 15V to the board. The on-board LDO LTC1763 will generate 3.3V for supply the LTC 6820. For more details, see the specication for the LTC 1763. In case you need dierent voltage levels for the SPI signals, you can supply 2.7V to 5.5V to the board via VDD pin(P1[6]). In this case you should remove U3 (LTC1763). It is also possible to use any other pin ompatible power supply with 8-SOIC footprint or ones from the same family. See the data sheet for the LTC1763 for more details. It is also possible to use the board with two dierent SPI signal levels(level

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Jumper P2, Master & clock speed

With P2 you adjust the clock frequency and the Master=Slave mode.

SLOW pin

For clock speeds below 200 kHz, the jumper must be in position 1-3(VDD). For clock frequencies 200-1000 kHz, the jumper must be in position 3-5(GND).

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