TESTER  - GENERATOR of POPULAR pulse  width  modulator  control  chip TL494 series & similar pinout ICs WITH VISUAL CONTROL PWM-TEST494

The device is used to test the very popular TL494 chip series. Also, the device is a PUSH-PULL PWM signal generator with frequency and duty cycle adjustment. Very often the cause of a malfunction in the power supply is the failure of the internal unit of the microcircuit or the fatal damage of the microcircuit by electricity (the microcircuit has burned without external signs of damage). How to check the health of  a TL494 series chip? Why IC TL494 do not work & no impulse generation?  This task is solved by the PWM TEST494 device. In addition, the device allows to detect defective and fake TL494 chips. Very often, chips from China are defective or simply fake. For a fake microcircuit a separate unit may not work, or, for example, generation is not stable. Even options are possible with the simultaneous inclusion of both channels, which will lead to a 100% exit from the ranks of expensive and powerful MOSFET transistors controlled by the TL494 chip.

Therefore, we recommend checking even the new TL494 series chips for operability. Even original semiconductor integrated circuits can be damaged by static voltage during transportation. The PWM-TEST494 allows you to check the chip easily, quickly and with visual control. Even without an oscilloscope. With an oscilloscope, you can check the quality and performance parameters. But usually visual inspection with LEDs is enough.

Testing SMD versions of TL494 chips

The PWM modulation IC TL494 and it analogues can be produced in SMD packages: 16-Lead SOIC, 16-Lead TSSOP. Adapter for SMD testing is not included in standard KIT, but you can buy SMD adapters separately, if you plan to test chips not only in DIP package. PWM company can offer IC SMD adapters for SOIC16⇒DIP16, TSSOP16⇒DIP16.

The TL494 PWM microchip tester is available in two versions:

    1. The DIY version of the device for self-assembling. This version comes in the form of parts and a set of electronic components for assembling the device. It is necessary to solder the electronic components on the printed circuit board, twist and assemble the details of the device.
    2. The READY version of the device assembled by the PWM company and is ready for use  

 The device's online documentation & manuals

The PWM company provide two manuals for this testing tool at company's website http://pwm.company. You can find all information using the model name TEST494:

  1. DIY instructions guide for assembling the components of the circuit board, for testing and using
  2. DIY assembly Guide of enclosures for PWM-TOOLS testers.


The main functions of the TEST494 tools:

    1. Popular IC TL494 series tester
    2. PWM generator with regulated frequency, duty cycle & dead-time
    3. DC output with resettable 4A fuse protection and electronic switch commutation (switch SW1)

Officially supported chips for the testing in DIP16 package

TL494 KA7500 DBL494 M5T494P  UPC494 IR9494 A494  DBL494 MPC494C IR3M02 MB3759 XR494 ECG1729 КР1114ЕУ NE5561 MB3759. This list can be extended in the future. This testing tool allows to test IC in DIP16 package, but using IC package adapter may test SMD chips as well. SMD adapter not include in standard equipment.

 The testing tool PWM-TEST494 provide testing of the main blocks of TL494 series chips:

    1. PWM output generation block test for both channels A & B
    2. Reference voltage (aprox. 5V) generation block test
    3. Two Comparator block test
    4. Single-ended & parallel output testing (with switch SW5)  
    5. PWM regulation test
    6. Frequency regulation test
    7. Dead-time regulation test

TL494 series chips output can be tested in two modes:

    1. visual mode with LED blinking in low frequencies mode (SW2 switch should be pressed ON)
    2. oscilloscope mode, using external oscilloscope

The testing tool provide push-pull &  single-ended generator with output A & B with:

    1. regulated frequency
    2. regulated pule wide modulation
    3. regulated dead time


The AC-DC power adapter is not included. For the powering of the device you can use any DC adapter or any DC power source 10V-20V and with minimum 0.3A output current. The connector type: male DC Power Jack 5.5x2.1mm (DC-005 Jack). Do not exceed 22V input voltage. Power the device from current limited 8A MAXIMUM source & protected from mains for the safety reason.

Device functions 1. Popular IC TL494 series tester 2. PWM generator with regulated frequency, duty cycle & dead-time 3. DC output with resettable 4A fuse protection and electronic switch commutation (switch SW1)
PCB design's version 2 or 2.1
Device input voltage 10-20V DC. 0.3A MIN. 4A MAX, 8A PEAK MAX
Device output voltage Same as INPUT voltage. With current protection 4A MAX, 8A PEAK MAX
Voltage converterter NO
Tested Integrated circuit
Tested chip's description The TL494 chip is a PWM controller, perfectly suited for building pulse power supplies of various topologies and capacities. It can work both in single-shot and in two-stroke mode. The microcircuit consists of a PWM controller and a line of comparators that monitor the output voltages and participate in the formation of the P.G. signal. and a matching stage consisting of a transformer and transistor switches. The TL494 (TL493, TL495) chip from TEXAS INSTRUMENTS or its equivalent - МРС494 chip from NEC is used as a PWM controller. The TL 494 includes all the functions needed to build a pulse width modulated (PWM) control circuit on a single chip. Designed primarily for power management, this device provides flexibility for a particular application in adaptation in the control circuits of power supplies. The TL 494 contains two error amplifiers, an internal adjustable oscillator, (DTC) controlled time delay comparator, a pulse-controlled switch, a 5V ± 5% reference voltage source, and an output circuit control. Error amplifiers produce common-mode voltage in the range of -0.3 V to Vcc - 2 V. The time delay comparator has a fixed offset, which gives a 5% time delay. The internal generator can be bypassed by disconnecting the RT output and connecting the sawtooth voltage to the CT, which is used for common circuits in synchronizing power supplies. Independent output shapers on transistors make it possible to connect the load according to a circuit with a common emitter or an emitter follower circuit. The output stage of the TL493 / 4/5 microcircuits operates in single-cycle or two-stroke mode with the possibility of mode selection using a special input. TL494 can operate in single-stroke and two-stroke mode. The architecture of the device does not allow the delivery of a double pulse in the push-pull mode.
Officially supported chips of tester TL494 KA7500 DBL494 M5T494P UPC494 IR9494 A494 DBL494 MPC494C IR3M02 MB3759 XR494 ECG1729 КР1114ЕУ NE5561 MB3759
Possible SMD versions of the housing of the microcircuit 16-Lead SOIC, 16-Lead TSSOP

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GENERATOR - TESTER of PWM control chip TL494 & analogues WITH VISUAL CONTROL PWM-TEST494

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Supported CHIPS: TL494, KA7500, DBL494, M5T494P, UPC494, IR9494, A494, DBL494, MPC494C, IR3M02, MB3759, XR494, ECG1729, КР1114ЕУ, NE5561, MB3759