Tiny Data Converters Offer High-performance in Small Size

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TI’s new precision ADCs and DACs reduce overall system footprint in industrial, communications and personal electronics applications

Texas Instruments has introduced four tiny precision data converters, claimed as the industry’s smallest in their class. The new data converters will enable designers to add more intelligence and functionality, while shrinking system board space, said TI.

These new devices are optimized for a variety of small-size, high-performance or cost-sensitive industrial, communications and personal electronics applications. Examples include optical modules, field transmitters, battery-powered systems, building automation and wearables.

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The DAC80508 and DAC70508 are eight-channel precision digital-to-analog converters (DACs) that provide true 16- and 14-bit resolution, respectively. The ADS122C04 and ADS122U04 are 24-bit precision analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) that feature a two-wire, I2C-compatible interface and a two-wire, UART-compatible interface, respectively.

New DACs offer high performance in compact spaces

Reduce system size: The new DACs are said to eliminate the typical trade-off between high performance and small size, enabling engineers to achieve the best system accuracy, while reducing board size or increasing channel density.

Both DACs include a 2.5-V, 5-ppm/°C internal reference, eliminating the need for an external precision reference. Available in a 2.4-mm-by-2.4-mm die-size ball-grid array (DSBGA) package or wafer chip-scale package (WCSP), and a 3-mm-by-3-mm quad flat no-lead (QFN)-16 package, “these devices are up to 36 percent smaller than the competition”, according to TI.

Maximize system accuracy and achieve higher reliability: In addition to their compact size, the DAC80508 and DAC70508 provide true, 1 least significant bit (LSB) integral nonlinearity to achieve the highest level of accuracy at 16- and 14-bit resolution – up to 66 percent better linearity than the competition. They are fully specified over a -40°C to +125°C extended temperature range and provide features such as cyclic redundancy check (CRC) to increase system reliability.

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Shrink system size and achieve high performance with new ADCs

Minimize footprint: These tiny, 24-bit precision ADCs are available in 3-mm-by-3-mm very thin QFN (WQFN)-16 and 5-mm-by-4.4-mm thin-shrink small-outline package (TSSOP)-16 options. The two-wire interface requires fewer digital isolation channels than a standard serial peripheral interface (SPI), reducing the overall cost of an isolated system. The ADCs eliminate the need for external circuitry by integrating a flexible input multiplexer, a low-noise programmable gain amplifier, two programmable excitation current sources, an oscillator and a precision temperature sensor.

Improve performance: Both devices feature a low-drift 2.048-V, 5-ppm/°C internal reference. Their internal 2 percent accurate oscillators help designers improve power-line cycle noise rejection, enabling higher accuracy in noisy environments. With gains from 1 to 128 and noise as low as 100 nV, designers can measure both small-signal sensors and wide input ranges with one ADC.

Tools and support to simplify design

TI offers the DAC80508 evaluation module, the ADS122C04 evaluation module and the ADS122U04 evaluation module, all available today for US$99.00 from the TI store and authorized distributors.

Users can also accelerate designing with the DAC80508 using the reference design for laser diode applications with precisely controlled current requirements.  and the ADS122C04 and ADS122U04 with the high-precision temperature measurement for heat and cold meters reference design.

Designers can simulate their designs and predict circuit behavior for these data converters by downloading the DACx0508 input/output buffer information specification (IBIS) model, the ADS122C04 IBIS model and the ADS122U04 IBIS model.

Package, availability and pricing

TI’s new tiny DACs and ADCs are available with packages and pricing as listed in the table below. The DAC80508, DAC70508, ADS122C04 and ADS122U04 devices are available in production quantities through the TI store and authorized distributors.

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For more information, see www.ti.com/smallestDACs-pr and www.ti.com/smallestADCs-pr.

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