Last updated on March 11, 2019, 22:11 by Sebastian Mihai
After becoming interested in electronics anew, I decided to create a parallel port interface which I can use for many circuits to come.
I like to use the parallel port when interfacing with the devices I build. Computers with parallel ports are hard to find so I wanted to protect the one I have by means of optical isolation. This way, the parallel port side is electrically isolated from the output side.
Each of the 8 parallel port data pins is connected to the input of a 4N33 photodarlington optocoupler IC (in series with 2.2k Ohm to reduce current). Thus, under 2mA is drawn from each HIGH pin. The output side of the 4N33 is a NPN. Each pin exposes the collector and emitter. For further protection, 200 Ohm resistors are placed in series with the collector.
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