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LTspice: Simulating SAR ADC Analog Inputs

Kris Lokere - Strategic Applications Manager
Gabino Alonso - Strategic Marketing Engineer
Sep 19th 2017
As resolution and sample rates continue to rise for ADCs, the driver circuitry for the analog inputs, not the ADC itself, has increasingly become the limiting factor in determining overall circuit accuracy. Beyond a simple 1-pole RC lowpass filter (LPF1) for noisy input signals (Figure 1), a coupling ...

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Converting a Low Distortion Single-Ended Sine Source to Fully Differential

Guy Hoover - Applications Engineer Sep 10th 2017
Customers looking for a way to evaluate ADCs with differential inputs will find themselves in need of a low distortion, low noise differential sine source. Single-ended sine sources can be obtained by building a simple Wien-bridge oscillator or by employing any of several readily available audio oscillators. Differential sine ...

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LTspice: SAR ADC Driver Interface

Kris Lokere - Strategic Applications Manager Apr 3rd 2014
High-performance SAR ADCs can offer amazing dynamic range and linearity at faster and faster sample rates. But how do you design the amplifier and interface at the analog inputs? LTspice IV can help. This video shows how to use LTspice to simulate the analog input interface of high-performance SAR ADCs. We will look at charge ...

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Digital Gain Compression (DGC) for SAR ADCs

Mar 11th 2014
The LTC2378-20 offers a digital gain compression (DGC) feature which defines the full-scale input swing to be between 10% and 90% of the ±VREF analog input range. This feature allows the SAR ADC driver to be powered off of a single positive supply since each input swings between 0.5V and 4.5V as shown in the figure below. Needing ...

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Short Ground Leads Make Better Scope Photos

Guy Hoover - Applications Engineer Nov 6th 2013
I often ask customers to send me oscilloscope photos showing the ADC interface timing of their circuits. Occasionally, what I get back is a waveform with large amplitude ringing or even something that resembles a sine wave for what should be a relatively clean square wave. When asked how the scope probe was grounded, they will ...

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Can You Use the Voltage Reference to Power Your ADC Driver?

Kris Lokere - Strategic Applications Manager Jul 11th 2013
Linear Technology’s family of 16-, 18-, and 20-Bit SAR ADCs (LTC2378-20 family) operates with an external reference voltage of up to 5V. The largest input voltage that you are then supposed to put on each ADC input pin is equal to that 5V reference voltage. It seems logical to use an opamp on a 5V supply with rail-to-rail ...

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