Thermocouples provide a low-cost, reliable means of measuring temperature over a wide range. The challenge when using a thermocouple is accurately measuring the very low Seebeck output voltage (fractional to low millivolts) from the element, and providing for cold junction temperature compensation.

The Dallas/Maxim DS2760 High Precision Li+ Battery Monitor is very easily configured into an effective thermocouple interface. The Parallax DS2760 Thermocouple Module capitalizes on this application and provides a complete connection between BS2p BASIC Stamp microcontroller and a standard thermocouple element.